The Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens became an open book on October 17, 2016, when over 350 third through fifth grade students descended upon the Gardens for its 9th Annual Literacy Days. Students from Benoist Farms Elementary School, Franklin Academy and Hope Centennial Elementary School enjoyed the two-acre Gardens while learning new and creative approaches to reading.
“Literacy Days is a fantastic and unique way to get young minds engaged in reading,” stated Cynthia Sulzberger, board of trustees member for Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens and sponsor of Literacy Days. “It was also Ann Norton’s specific intention that her work, art studio and sculpture gardens be open for the enjoyment and education of the community.”
Area students had the privilege of listening and interacting with a variety of presenters during the educational program. Nationally recognized authors, illustrators, local law enforcement, librarians and artists captured the students’ attention through interactive stories, puppetry, spoken word stories, illustration and environmental storytelling. The children’s book and program, The Awesome Adventures of Annie V, was also presented. The book features Ann Weaver Norton as a child and illustrates her commitment at a young age to visual art, writing, reading and the creative process. The children finished the day by enjoying their picnic lunch throughout the garden grounds.
Literacy Days is one of many community events that raises awareness of Ann Norton’s art and gardens through school and community enrichment programs and partnerships. The next educational initiative will be the annual Garden Days on February 6, 2017, where students will get an ecological look at how a garden works.
The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc. is a nonprofit foundation established in 1977 by the prominent sculptor Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982). The two-acre sanctuary is comprised of rare palm and sculpture gardens, Ann Norton’s historic home and exhibition galleries, and Norton’s own Wyeth-designed artist studio.
Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens is currently open to the public Wednesday through Sunday, from 10:00 am – 4:00 pm. For more information on Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, please visit www.ansg.org or call 561-832-5328. For schools that are interested in scheduling a Gardens visit, please contact Margaret Horgan at [email protected] or call 561-832-5328.