ARTworks began as a special interest project of the Junior League of Sioux City in 1980. After much planning and community involvement, ARTworks opened in 1982. Initial funding was supplied by the City of Sioux City, the Junior League of Sioux City, and the Art Center Association of Sioux City. Currently, funding for ARTworks is provided by the Art Center Association of Sioux City.
ARTworks is a directed learning experience for fifth grade students designed to enhance the understanding and appreciation of the creative process. During an ARTworks visit, a docent guides students through the Art Center’s exhibitions focusing on the basic elements of art making. Afterwards, the class moves to the ARTworks studio where the docent leads the group through a creative and artistic hands-on activity related to the viewed exhibitions.
Fifth grade classroom teachers may schedule an ARTworks tour by contacting the Art Center at 712.279.6272 ext. 3200. A confirmation notice will be sent to your school. Tours and hands-on activities are normally one hour and a half in length and are available at 9:30 a.m. on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays, or at 12:30 p.m. Tuesdays through Fridays.
The Art Center sponsors all transportation and material costs for ARTworks events; however, the Art Center is not responsible for making travel arrangements. At the close of ARTworks tours, teachers are asked to complete a brief evaluation form to help the Art Center continue to improve this wonderfully rewarding program.
Tours are a wonderful way to get acquainted with the Art Center’s exhibitions, they create a conversation, and answer your exhibition-related questions. The Art Center offers general and specifically designed tours to meet special needs or interests of individual groups. Groups of twelve or more are eligible for guided tours. All ages are encouraged, and as always, admission to the Art Center is free. For more information or to schedule a tour, please contact Visitor Services at 712-279-6272.