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Gainesville Housing Authority children visit High Museum
Awaken and Art Academy students from the Gainesville Housing Authority explore contemporary art in the High Museum’s collection.

About 30 children from the Gainesville Housing Authority visited the High Museum of Art in Atlanta on Nov. 30.

The field trip was courtesy of Awaken, a weekly after-school tutoring program provided by Free Chapel Worship Center and based at GHA’s Atlanta Street community center.

Among the students, six were part of the Art Academy, a weekly art program hosted by the GHA and the Quinlan Visual Arts Center, based at GHA’s Davis Street community center. The two programs focus on teaching public housing children creative problem-solving as a life skill.

“We need to awaken talents in these kids, so they can use them for a lifetime of creative achievement,” said Awaken program coordinator Jananne Waller, a volunteer from Free Chapel Worship Center and a certified K-12 educator, reading specialist and previous collegiate adjunct instructor.

Waller and her team of 15 volunteers meet weekly with Awaken students to study art and other school subjects. Waller and Free Chapel Outreach Pastor Michael Thurmond planned and coordinated the trip. Gainesville City Schools provided the transportation.

Pen Dragon Art Supplies owner and artist Mary Hull leads the Art Academy program. Vivian Young, a Quinlan volunteer and retired Hall County Schools teacher, assists.

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