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Southwest School of Art

The Southwest School of Art is a nationally recognized leader in arts education, offering studio programs for more than 4000 adults, teens, and children annually. Classes and workshops are taught by outstanding local, regional and national artists in state-of-the-art facilities; the school offers a certificate program for professional artists and craftspersons. The school also organizes contemporary art exhibitions, lectures and concerts, and houses a history-based Visitors Center. During a typical year, more than 225,000 people attend events, view exhibits, take classes, or visit the historic site.

Southwest School of Art Projects

Artist-in-Residence Video Program
Artist-in-Residence Video Program

For their 2010 minigrant project, the Southwest School of Art & Craft developed a pair of multimedia journals describing artist visits to the school. The journals include interviews with the artists, audio of talks they give, and content from workshops they lead. Designed for sharing through social media and mobile venues, the content includes streaming […]


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History of the Ursuline Convent and Academy
History of the Ursuline Convent and Academy

The story told by wall text and archival objects in the history museum is transformed into digital form for children and young teens to access while visiting. Based on the masterful book, The School by the River (Maria Watson Pfeiffer, Maverick Press, 2001), which is filled with images, text, original documents and stories about the […]


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Portable Podcasting Studio
Portable Podcasting Studio

            In 2010, Southwest School of Art (SSA) created the Visiting Artists Journal through a pilot program funded by MIDEA. The purpose of the journal is to document the visits (and teaching moments) of several esteemed national and international artists and then distribute the content through a variety of online […]


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SSA Exhibitions
SSA Exhibitions

            The Exhibition department at the SSA is also known for its dedicated efforts to reach new audiences via the web, cell phones, and digital media.  In the past, the department has relied upon the use of personal cameras and computer programs loaned by volunteers, interns, and employees to complete the […]


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