Over the past two years the Barrick Museum of Art's Bus to the Barrick program has brought more than 2000 students to explore visual art, many for the first time. By covering the cost of transport and materials we have been able to offer free exhibition tours and art workshops to schools from every socioeconomic area of Las Vegas. Everyone deserves access to the arts.
We believe that an awareness of art can nourish the wellbeing of our community. The arts are a fundamental cornerstone of any healthy culture. Introducing children to a museum is especially important in Las Vegas, where fine art is not always accessible. In fact, the Barrick is currently the only art museum in the city! We see students returning to the Barrick with their families and sharing the ideas they talked about on their field trips. Bus to the Barrick has also given us the opportunity to forge connections with individual schools. Our aim now is to continue the program into 2020. But we need your help.
The biggest barrier to field trips is the cost of transportation and materials. The funds you donate will go towards renting buses and buying art supplies for tours. Our goal is to host at least 30 tours and workshops during the 2019-2020 academic year, once more bringing in over 1000 students between 1st and 12th grade.
The more gifts we receive, the more opportunities we have to make a difference in the lives of young Nevadans. Thank you!
E.W. Griffith Elementary School's Art Club after their Bus to Barrick field trip, 2017. (Courtesy Christel Polkowski)
Feedback from our Bus to the Barrick field trip program
“It was so much fun. I loved it when we got to see the pictures. And now I want to start to draw.”
Jaida, 3rd grade student.
“When we looked at the sculpture it got me inspired to maybe make something like it in the future.”
Jacqueline, 5th grade student
"It was cool how you guys asked us questions about the paintings, for us to see the meaning and breakdown of what the paintings could be."
Angelina, 8th grade student
"Taking kids on the ‘Bus to the Barrick’ is a powerful way to pique curiosity, awaken imagination, build appreciation of the arts, and broaden their understanding of themselves and their world."
Lori Andrews, Pricipal, Griffith Elementary School
The Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art believes everyone deserves access to the arts. Located on the campus of the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, the Barrick promotes a powerful awareness of the arts through programs of exhibitions, workshops, lectures, and community activities. Admission and events are always free, and all are welcome.
For more information visit https://www.unlv.edu/barrickmuseum
The Barrick is run by a small but dedicated staff. We would like to thank Amanda Keating and Josh Hawkins of UNLV Creative Services for the photographs. Additional thanks are extended to Shahab Zargari, the filmmaker who created our promotional video.