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July 2015
It's never too early to think about future opportunities at the Museum for students! As you plan your fall semester, don't forget to keep these special programs in mind:

Inspired by Nature: Journey through the galleries with students in grades 1 through 3 to discover why nature continues to be an enduring source of inspiration for various artists and cultures.

Middle School STEAM Project: Five little letters lead to BIG ideas at the Museum. Sixth, seventh, and eighth graders connect artistic processes with STEM concepts in gallery-based discussions and specially designed hands-on projects in this exciting new program. More info to come!

Concepts of Beauty and Bias: Offered jointly with the Anti-Defamation League, this program empowers middle and high school students with tools to identify, understand, and counteract negative bias in real world situations.

Arts Week: Bring the arts to life through arts-integration workshops led by local poets, thespians, and musicians in the Museum galleries. Each day offers a different arts-related focus for high school classes.

High School Arts Project: Small teams of visual arts students are invited to the Museum to work with teaching artists and arts professionals to devise solutions to creative challenges based on the Museum's collection.

For further information on these programs and additional offerings for students, please visit School Programs.
Now open to the public, the Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden features beloved favorites as well as new-on-view works from the Museum's extensive collection of modern and contemporary sculpture. Nestled within the newly landscaped grounds is a diffuse grouping of large-scale figural and abstract works by artists Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henry Moore, and additional sculptors of international renown. The landscape design, accomplished in geometricarrangements of closely planted trees, echoes the rectilinear grid of the East Building, transforming the Museum's south lawn into an outdoor gallery of light, texture, and form.

The Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden complements the Museum's existing program of outdoor sculpture, visible throughout the Museum campus. These include Roxy Paine's Placebo, the iconic tree sculpture situated on the west lawn, and Claes Oldenburg's Giant Three-Way Plug, a monumental electrical plug recently installed near the façade of the Main Building. The specially commissioned sculptural installation, Stone Sea by Andy Goldsworthy, punctuates the courtyard between the Museum's Main and East Buildings. Just beyond the garden, Sculpture Terrace showcases two painted steel works: Phrygian Cap by Alexander Calder and Anthony Caro's Farnham (Barford).

Learn more about the new Grace Taylor Broughton Sculpture Garden at slam.org.
The annual Art Hill Film Series returns this summer in salute of classic movie anniversaries. Bring a picnic or grab some grub at the Food Truck Fest as you revisit some of your favorite films, beginning July 10 with Back to the Future. Return each Friday throughout the month as the Museum presents the generational classics Jaws (1975), Clueless (1995), and The Sound of Music (1965). Be sure to find your spot on the Hill early - prior to each screening the plaza will host DJ music and a drop-in Art Lab!

The Art Hill Film Series is free and open to the public. Please visit slam.org for film descriptions, Food Truck Fest vendors, and additional details.
Searching for a free, culturally engaging (and air conditioned) outing for your youth group this summer? Camps, schools, community centers, and civic organizations are invited to participate in YouthsmART, a summer arts youth program offered in July. This year, groups will visit the Museum's African collection and explore the featured exhibition, Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa. Each 90-minute YouthsmART experience features inquiry-based discussion, drawing, and writing. After exploring masks and sculptures created from a variety of materials, participants will design their own original work of art inspired by African cultural forms.

Summer YouthsmART sessions are led by Museum Teen Assistants Tuesday through Friday (the Museum is closed on Mondays) between the hours of 10:00am - 11:30am; 11:00am - 12:30pm; and 1:00pm - 2:30pm.

Please visit Community Partnerships for program details and registration or contact lisa.stellingjokisch@slam.org.
This summer the Saint Louis Art Museum presents Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa, a rare selection of captivating masks, figures, and decorative arts from the West African nations of Mali, Burkina Faso, and Côte d'Ivoire. The exhibition showcases over 170 objects drawn from museums and private collections in Africa, Asia, Europe, and North America.

This diverse selection of works offers an expanded view of the region's dynamic arts traditions while questioning the application of the term "Senufo" to peoples, languages, places, and objects. Visitors are encouraged to think critically about the construction of identity and to focus on art objects' individuality rather than on their perceived adherence to representational types.

Senufo: Art and Identity in West Africa will be on view through September 27 in the Main Exhibition Galleries.
Do you know a teen who enjoys planning and participating in social events? Invite her or him to apply for the Saint Louis Art Museum Teen Arts Council (TAC)! The Council was conceived in 2012 with the philosophy that teens should have an active and influential voice in the implementation of museum programs for their peers. During the academic year, council members propose and facilitate public events for teen audiences, including an annual juried art exhibition and performing arts showcase. Members also participate in fun, arts-based classes and workshops at the Museum and at venues in the greater St. Louis area. Program highlights from the 2014-2015 academic year include a Brazilian Samba dance workshop, "The Art of Selfies" themed Kick-Off Celebration, a t-shirt design workshop, a fall pumpkin carving party, and a tour of the MFA Studios at Washington University, among other exciting events.

To learn more about the Teen Arts Council and its activities, please visit slam.org.

Beyond Bosch: The Afterlife of a Renaissance Master in Print
Through July 19, 2015
Galleries 234 and 235

Creatures Great and Small: Animals in Japanese Art
Through August 30, 2015
Gallery 225

Adorning Self and Space: West African Textiles
Through September 7, 2015
Gallery 100

Thomas Cole's Voyage of Life
Through September 20, 2015
Gallery 336