The MFA offers funding to assist schools in need that want to bring student groups to the Museum.
Rothwell School Bus Fund for Fall Visits
The Bernard J. Rothwell School Bus Fund was established in 2006 to provide schools in need with bus transportation subsidies of $250 to bring classes to the MFA for gallery instructor-guided tours. This fund was made possible by a grant from the Paul Taylor and Adeline Gertrude Magrane Rothwell Philanthropic Fund at the recommendation of a current gallery instructor.
Alice W. Dorr Foundation Scholarship for What Artists Do Programs
Funding from the Alice W. Dorr Foundation allows the Museum to offer a full scholarship option for schools in need to participate in the What Artists Do (WAD) program. (The cost of this program is $17 per student.)
What Artists Do is a rich, two-hour program during which gallery instructors lead an hour-long tour focusing on your choice from several options across the Museum’s collection. During the second hour, art instructors lead a studio art project so students better understand the creative process.
To apply, please submit a What Artists Do Application Form and School Group Visit Request Form simultaneously. Grants are limited and will be distributed with priority consideration given to School Groups with demonstrated financial need. All applications are reviewed by the WAD Scholarship Committee. Criteria are as follows: demonstrated need, i.e., percentage of student body are considered eligible for Title I subsidies; the school and/or school district has encountered significant funding cuts in the current fiscal year; or no appreciable visual arts programming is available in the applying school.