The Bo Bartlett Center ART MAKES YOU SMART! program takes art and artists into select Muscogee County Schools teaching the basic principals of art. Inspired by the 2013 study by University of Arkansas social scientists Jay P. Greene, Brian Kisida and Daniel H. Bowen, the program’s goal is to foster critical thinking, encourage human empathy and inspire creativity.
AMYS is a Partners in Education, Partners at Large Program collaboration with the Columbus Chamber of Commerce and the students of the Muscogee County School District. AMYS is a 4 part program held over 4 weeks, which brings professional artists and BBC Artist Board members to the classroom to lead students in creative exploration.
Artists/volunteers demonstrate and students participate in drawing and painting sessions. Classes include a 4-part series: “Art Tells a Story,” the story of Bo and his life in Columbus, his art studies and paintings, led by Suzanne Fine; “Drawing Sessions with Bo Bartlett;” “Painting Bartlett Pears” on canvas with acrylics, led by Gloria Mani; commencing with Tours of Bo and Betsy’s Studios and the Bo Bartlett Center.
Highlights: Art Makes You Smart received the distinction of the PIE/Chamber of Commerce Partners at Large Award in 2016.
The first AMYS exhibition included the drawings and paintings of over 200 students and was held at the RiverCenter in April the same year. Participating Schools: Downtown Elementary, Kendrick High School, and South Columbus Elementary.
Goals of the program: Inspire creative and critical thinking, drawing and painting skills learned from the discussions with and demonstrations by artists at work.
Class ratio: 3-5 Committee members to 35 students.