what we do
The Shenandoah Valley Art Mobile will be a mobile art studio. The Art Mobile will bring a fully-functioning art classroom into spaces where there is a lack of access to the creative process. In addition to a studio space and art materials to engage in a wide variety of creative projects, the Art Mobile will provide highly-qualified instructors who teach clients about the media and processes of art creation. All aboard the creation station!
Grounded in the belief that creative expression and education in the arts are essential components of a life well-lived, the Shenandoah Valley Art Mobile seeks to provide persons of all ages in the area with opportunities to engage in the creative process through the provision of studio space, art materials, and instruction.
Currently, our organization is fundraising to be able to purchase our bus! You can help us achieve this goal by making a donation today. The type of vehicle we will purchase is a Crown School Bus. In addition to being one of the highest-quality school buses ever produced, they are incredibly cute! Just look at them!
Following the purchase of the bus, we will go into the renovation phase of the project. This will involve gutting the bus and rebuilding the interior into an art studio and classroom. This phase of the project will require expertise in a number of fields; please consider volunteering if you have knowledge. Our current estimation is that renovation of the vehicle will take approximately one year. Check out the floor plans!
After renovation of the bus is complete, the Shenandoah Valley Art Mobile will begin the programming phase of operations. The initial programming will be focused on after-school enrichment routes in under-served, low socioeconomic status neighborhoods in Harrisonburg. The Art Mobile will travel to these neighborhoods and offer hour-long, once-a-week instruction in the visual arts and access to art materials. Click to see examples of lessons on bookmaking, illumination, printmaking, nature papers, mandalas, and papermaking.
We will also be creating a mural in our community every year! Our first mural was completed in April of 2018. This project was made possible, in part, by a grant from the Arts Council of the Valley.