Anonymous Donor Funds School Tours at TMA

Grant Provides Free Tour & Art Activity to Students


TYLER, TX) January 11, 2012 – The Tyler Museum of Art is pleased to announce that financial support has been made available to assist schools with the cost of field trips to the Museum. The TMA received a generous grant from a local foundation to support the 2011-2012 School Tour Program by partially or fully funding round-trip bus transportation costs (via district or school buses or private bus companies). The grant will also cover fees for school tours, which are available for all class levels elementary through college, and include a guided tour by a Museum docent for the younger students and an art activity.

“As school districts are forced to make difficult financial decisions in this tough economy, many programs are suffering great reduction, if not total elimination. Fine arts programming as well as field trips have in many cases been suspended,” said Ken Tomio, TMA Head of Education. “Through this generous grant, our school children will be able to enjoy a real museum experience and learn something potentially life-changing about the world of visual arts, all at no cost to our local schools.”

School tours lead students of all ages and grade levels through a tour guided by Museum educators and docents. Following the tour, students are encouraged to create their own original works of art during an art activity designed to enrich each student’s understanding of the works featured in the tour. During the spring semester, students will tour the exhibition of 51 maritime paintings titled Reflections on Water in American Painting–The Arthur J. Phelan Collection. This exhibition demonstrates a fascinating history of the United States following the development of our nation as it took place along shorelines and riverbanks.

There are still funds available for interested schools. To apply, simply call the Museum at (903) 595-1001 and ask for a member of the Education staff. Teachers and administrators may also download the application form from the TMA website (, where it is located on the “School Programs” tab under “Education & Programs.” Funding is provided on a first-come, first-served basis and the TMA assumes no responsibility nor will it provide any insurance coverage for passengers and school buses or school-arranged transportation or their operators to and from the Museum.

The Tyler Museum of Art, accredited by the American Association of Museums, is located at 1300 S. Mahon Ave., adjacent to the Tyler Junior College campus off East Fifth Street. Regular hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday, and 1 to 5 p.m. Sunday. (The Museum is closed Mondays and major holidays.) Lunch is available in the Museum Café from 11:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m. Tuesday through Friday, and the TMA Gift Shop is open during Museum hours. For more information, call (903) 595-1001 or visit