Imagination Blooms for Title 1 Students During Art and Healthy Hearts in the Garden

Minds were molded for second and third grade students from West Gate Elementary during an afternoon of art, nature and nutrition on May 23rd, when they visited the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens as part of the Gardens’ “Art & Healthy Hearts in the Gardens” program, funded through PNC.

The grant was designed to increase access to the arts in new and innovative ways. During the season, eight different classes from West Gate Elementary participated in “Art & Healthy Hearts in the Garden,” each corresponding to the four exhibitions that took place, Ann Weaver Norton:  Gateways to ModernismGordon Cheung:  New Order VanitasCelebrating Boaz Vaadia (1951-2017) and Behold, A New Eden:  Laura Woodward and the Creation of Palm Beach.

During the most recent trip, students began their afternoon with a tour of Ann Norton’s home, studio and gardens. They learned about Ann’s creative process and used her “Gateway 5” sculpture as inspiration for their own creations, which were displayed as a gallery show at the end of the day. One of the highlights of the afternoon was learning about heart-healthy fruits and vegetables from the American Heart Association and getting to eat the rainbow salad bar for lunch, served by Whole Foods Market.

“On behalf of the board of Trustees, we thank PNC for the opportunity to allow hundreds of underserved students in Palm Beach County to experience the magic of the Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens through PNC’s Arts Alive funding,” said Frances Fisher, Board Chairman of ANSG. “Without partnerships and programs like ‘Art and Healthy Hearts in the Garden,’ these children may never of had the chance to experience ANSG. It’s a beautiful site to witness the students using their imagination and opening their minds to such creativity. Ann Norton would have been so happy that her home and gardens were being used for these types of educational initiatives.”

The historic Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens, Inc., is a recognized 501(c)(3) organization, established in 1977 by Ann Weaver Norton (1905-1982) to preserve the Historically Registered house and surrounding gardens in West Palm Beach, Florida, where the artist lived from 1948 until 1982.  The rare palm and cycad gardens, Norton’s monumental sculptures, exhibition galleries and studio offer visitors a unique opportunity to experience the sculptor’s holistic vision in its original setting.

Located at 253 Barcelona Road in the historic El Cid neighborhood of West Palm Beach, ANSG is open Wednesday through Sunday10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during season. Gallery and garden exhibition talks are available on Wednesdays at 11 a.m. and Sundays at 2 p.m. The Gardens are also available for private events and are closed on major holidays. Normal admission to ANSG is free for members, $15 for non-member adults, $10 for seniors (age 65 and older), $7 for students, and children under five are free.

*Ann Norton Sculpture Gardens will be officially closed to the public from July 1 through October 2, 2018 but is available by appointment only. Please call 561-832-5328 to schedule an appointment. For more information, please visit www.ansg.org.