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I have just received a small grant from our school district to establish a
middle school art gallery with a group of eighth graders planning, organizing
and operating it. In our initial meetings we have discussed using our gallery
to display the works of local artists, having a faculty exhibit, an
invitational exhibit of area middle schools based on a theme (limited # of
entries per school), trying to write to living artists to ask for original
works for our permanent collection and other ideas the kids had that I can't
remember off the top of my head. Part of our grant will be a field trip to
local galleries and some time with one of the college gallery directors in
our area. Have any of you been involved in a project of this nature? Do you
have any advice for a group just starting out? Any other ideas?