UM School of Art Tour to Reach Schools in Kalispell, Havre, Helena

October 22, 2015

MISSOULA – The University of Montana School of Art is traveling Montana to share educational and career opportunities in art with high school students. In partnership with We Are Montana in the Classroom, a UM initiative to inspire students about higher education, the faculty- and staff-led tour will visit Kalispell on Monday, Oct. 26, Havre on Tuesday, Oct. 27, and Helena on Wednesday, Oct. 28.

School of Art Director Bradley Allen and Program Assistant Ed Morrissey will travel with a mobile gallery of UM student artwork and tools from the art school’s Fab Lab, including 3-D pens and a 3-D printer and scanner. During their visits, they also will share a documentary featuring profiles of UM art majors and their studio practice.

“We hope to energize the students and faculty we meet by introducing them to artworks from UM’s School of Art and the tools we use to produce them,” Allen said.

Over the course of the 800-mile journey, the tour will stop at Glacier High School in Kalispell, Havre High School, and Capital and Helena high schools in Helena.

“We are so excited for students in these communities to engage with UM School of Art faculty and experience what it’s like to study and practice art as a college student,” said Nathalie Wolfram, the We Are Montana in the Classroom program manager.

The UM School of Art provides a comprehensive instructional program in visual art that develops professional artists, art historians and critics, art educators and informed citizens.

The tour is co-sponsored by We Are Montana in the Classroom, a program of the UM Broader Impacts Group that places higher education role models in K-12 classrooms throughout the state to inspire students about higher education and career pathways. This autumn, We Are Montana in the Classroom has reached over 3,800 students on the president’s statewide “We Are Montana” tour, at the all-digital Montana STEMfest and in classroom placements throughout the Missoula region.

K-12 teachers can learn more about the array of free programs offered through We Are Montana in the Classroom by emailing nathalie.wolfram@umontana.edu

Contact: Bradley Allen, director, UM School of Art, 406-243-4181, art.director@mso.umt.edu; Nathalie Wolfram, program manager, the UM Broader Impacts Group and We Are Montana in the Classroom, 406-370-7731, nathalie.wolfram@umontana.edu.