We have LAUNCHED!!! The Mel & Leta Ramos Family Virtual Education Center is LIVE!!

On November 4 the Crocker Art Museum hosted a launch party to reveal our Virtual Education Center. The guest list was comprised primarily of educators from Sacramento State University and the surrounding unified school districts along with special donors and supporters of our project. The guests were treated to a hosted cocktail social hour and dinner party, followed by an inspirational presentation by Veronica Hicks, PhD who is an Assistant Professor of Art Education at Sacramento State University. Ms. Hicks spoke about the importance and necessity of exposing students to art and recognized the need to support the educators and their commitment to arts education. Her presentation mirrored our mission statement – “to ensure that all youth have access to an arts education by supporting the transmission of the visual arts in all its forms.

 The Virtual Resource Center is a free resource for teachers, parents, homeschoolers, and other educators who are looking to integrate art into their classroom, home, or community. The resource section allows for easy access to lesson plans, discussion questions, step by step instructions and materials lists as well as the ability to communicate with other educators to share and exchange ideas. Below is a sample of the lesson plan based on Mel Ramos’ “The Atom” painting which was a gift to the Crocker Art Museum from Wayne Thiebaud…a teacher, a mentor, and dear friend of the Ramos family.

A very special thank you to Kevin Hughey/Hughey Gentry LLP and David Austin/Austin Art Projects for their extremely generous donations which enabled us to reach our fundraising goal to build the Mel & Leta Ramos Family Virtual Education Center.

Visit https://vec.crockerart.org to see our site!