Go van Gogh, the DMA’s elementary school outreach program, is celebrating its 35th anniversary this year. Before we pack up the Go van Gogh van and head out to schools across the city, we thought it would be fun to take a look through all thirty-five years of the program.
Below are a few fun facts about Go van Gogh through the years.
The first Go van Gogh van was actually a bus!
When the program began at the then Dallas Museum of Fine Arts in Fair Park in 1978, school outreach presentations could be given in classrooms or on the Museum Outreach bus itself.
Go van Gogh vans (and buses) have always been easy to spot on the freeway.
Bright and colorful, Go van Gogh vans often feature artworks from the Museum’s collection in painted or vinyl designs. The Go van Gogh van from the late 1990s included a design from Henri Matisse’s Ivy in Flower.
Go van Gogh programs have always included a visual presentation of artworks from the Museum.
Through the years, we’ve made many updates in the technology we use to bring these artworks to life. What began with projectors and large printed posters led to overhead transparencies and laminated images.
Later this school year, Go van Gogh will go digital: using iPads and projectors to bring images of artworks to life in the classroom.
Looking ahead to fall, we are excited to unveil a new facet of Go van Gogh outreach–a program designed for Special Education classrooms called Color My World. To learn more about the program, visit our website.
Amy Copeland is the Manager of Go van Gogh and Community Teaching Programs at the DMA.