GHIA believes strongly in the power of art education, and makes every effort to ensure the visual arts are accessible to all audiences, and specifically those members who come from poor socioeconomic conditions. To that end, GHIA provides free visual arts instruction to Richmond County students in that do not have formal art instruction and otherwise would not through the presentation of two outreach education programs: Artist in Residence and ArtVentures.
Artist in Residence places an instructor in fourth and fifth grades at one selected elementary school during a full school year. The ArtVentures program rotates through fourteen Richmond County public schools with poor socioeconomic factors, providing afterschool instruction. All outreach curriculums are modeled to reflect National and Georgia standards in Visual Arts, with interdisciplinary lessons integrating basic visual art concepts with academic curriculum in math, science, social studies and literature. Without the GHIA’s presence, nearly 8,000 students each year would not be exposed to the visual arts.
By collaborating with local schools and community centers, the Gertrude Herbert Institute of Art takes art education into the community where it is most needed. The outreach programs educate students bound by social and financial constraints and allow them to participate in a positive cultural after-school and in school activity where they experience success.