The Bay School was conceived in 1997 to preserve heritage crafts, encourage eco-tourism and educate and bring together the local community. As a non-profit, 501c3 educational organization it is our goal to provide workshops, classes, lectures, exhibits and cultural opportunities. We provide a center that belongs to and exists for the community.
I have long felt that art builds community, and has the potential to be the heart of a community. For many in Mathews, the Bay School already fills that role. We are a hub of creative activity, of inspiration, and of fellowship centered around art. We reach artists of all ages and abilities, from three-year-olds in preschool to elders in the local nursing home, from adults taking their first drawing class to accomplish artists who exhibit internationally, and everyone in between. We still want to do more; to be more, to more people. Art has the power to touch every life, in unique and diverse ways, from quiet acts of contemplation to the joy of creating, whether it be the first or five hundredth time. Yet, many people are intimidated by art. We want to break down those boundaries and render art not only accessible, but embraceable, to all in our community. For my staff of passionate artists, outreach has become about more than art lessons for special populations. Outreach is the core everything we do, from gallery exhibitions, to specialized classes, to fundraisers for our own programs or to benefit others in our community - for without community, where would we be? We are built of and for community and we have no purpose without it. Embracing our community and finding ways to brighten lives through art is the core of what we do. We want our community to feel included, to share in our successes and growth, and to feel the Bay School is something they can be a part of. We are excited to learn what the community has to offer us in the coming years, and how they will shape our growth as we build capacity to expand our offerings to music, theatre, and other performance. We look forward to embracing heritage crafts in new ways, and hope to introduce a folk arts festival to Mathews in coming years. Our future is bright. Won’t you join us?
The Bay School takes appropriate arts and crafts to the residents of the convalescent center twice a month. There are up to fifteen people who participate. Most struggle with strokes, dementia, loss of motor skills, hearing and sight. The goal here is to break the barrier of fear of failing. Several of the Bay School volunteers assist the instructor with the student activities.
The Bay School brings art classes to students at two of the Mathews' local public schools (Lee-Jackson Elementary School and Thomas Hunter Middle School). The middle school class meets weekly and a preschool class twice a month during the school year to participate in an art-related activity. The students are accompanied by their teachers and aides.
Eighteen four and five year old children walk to The Bay School twice a month for art related activities. Besides the end result, they are learning how to use gross and fine motor skills such as cutting with scissors, coloring and pasting, as well as attention and social skills such as listening and following instruction, sitting still and sharing. We also incorporate the alphabet, numbers and shapes into the projects.
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