Student Art Education

The AGPI mission statement in the bylaws of the Art Guild of the Purple Isles states the Guild will support students in Upper Keys schools with supplies and mentoring from our artist members.

AGPI has a long standing history of involvement with community student art education as follows:

  • AGPI mentored, promoted and assisted Art Teachers and students in local schools by completing many interior wall murals at the Key Largo School and Plantation Keys School (the murals are ongoing).
  • AGPI artists mentored students from the Island Christian High School, painting a 60-foot exterior mural celebrating the hundred-year anniversary of Henry Flagler’s historic railroad crossing of the 7 Mile Bridge on its way to Key West in 1912. This mural is located at 95360 Overseas Hwy, Key Largo, Bayside.
  • AGPI artists judged the Coral Restoration Foundation first art contest for Key Largo schools: “The Reef is Alive Art Contest”.
  • AGPI artists mentored a group of students from Treasure Village Montessori School in Islamorada to design and create informational storyboards taken to New York City to display in the halls of the United Nations Building!
  • AGPI and Keys History & Discovery Center collaborated to bring an ART N FACTS program to public school students combining art and local island history education. The museum curator guided a student field trip to Indian Key. While there AGPI members instructed the students in “plein air.” Later we assisted the student’s completion of their artworks in their classrooms. The project culminated in a twenty-one piece exhibit at the Discovery Center in conjunction with AGPI’s Annual Judged Members’ Art Show. This program was recognized by the Monroe County District School Board at their GEM (Great Educational Moments) Awards Ceremony.
  • AGPI artists and students from the Key Largo School created a ceramic coral reef. This project funded by the Florida Keys Council of the Arts, involved educating students in Environmental Science and Art and is on permanent display at the school’s library.
  • AGPI and The History of Diving Museum collaborated on an exhibit in 2019 entitled “DIVE INTO ART” This was funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Students from Plantation Key School and Key Largo School painted wooden sea creatures and a mural backdrop. The coral reef mentioned above was included. These were all displayed in combination with artworks by AGPI artists. This program was recognized by the Monroe County District School Board at their GEM (Great Educational Moments) Awards Ceremony
  • AGPI and The History of Diving Museum collaborated on an exhibit in 2020 entitled “Dive into Recycled Art”. This was funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Students from Plantation Key School, Key Largo Elementary and Middle Schools, Treasure Village Montessori, Ocean Studies Montessori, and Coral Shores High School all participated. The students created large and small sculptures using recycled materials. They also created Posters in Photoshop to promote their message. These were all displayed in combination with artworks by AGPI artists. This program was expected to travel throughout the Keys but the Covid 19 Pandemic prevented that.
  • AGPI and The History of Diving Museum are again collaborating on an exhibit in 2021 entitled “The Art of the Abyss” This was funded through a grant from the Community Foundation of the Florida Keys. Students from Plantation Key School, Key Largo Middle and Elementary, Ocean Studies Montessori and Coral Shores High School are creating art Sculptures depicting creatures from the Abyss. These will be displayed in combination with artworks by AGPI artists.

This is just a beginning. We have many great plans for the future. Come join us!

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