Welcome to ArtReach Project #2
The Visit with Vincent Installation
October 2015-June 2016

This life-size, 3D installation was created by 2 UNL students, Haley Heesacker and Micheal Johnson, for no other reason than to provide a cool, interactive setting for their fellow art students at Richards Hall to hang out in. But great things seldom dissolve without being noticed. Before they were scheduled to deinstall at Richards, The ArtReach Project had already begun to line up elementary schools with art teachers eager to share this amazing experience with their students. And the rest, as they say, is (art) history.

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Inspired by: Sits & Giggles, a UNL student based sculpture club

The goal of this project was to set up this traveling exhibit in LPS elementary schools for the remainder of the 2015-16 school year for kids to experience and enjoy. According to research from the Michigan State University, there's a very strong correlation between childhood engagement in the creative arts and measurable success later in life. In a report from the National Endowment for the Arts, The Arts and Achievement in At-Risk Youth: Findings from Four Longitudinal Studies, students who have access to the arts in or out of school tend to have better academic results, better workforce opportunities, and more civic engagement. There is no question that art has a positive impact on brain development in children. That's why, when I saw this amazing 3D installation of the famous painting, The Bedroom in Arles, by Vincent Van Gogh, in a life size and interactive installation, I knew it had to be something that students at LPS should have access to.


The Visit with Vincent installation traveled to the following six LPS elementary schools during the 2015-16 academic school year:
Randolph Elementary
Eastridge Elementary
West Lincoln Elementary
Everett Elementary
Rousseau Elementary
Zieman Elementary

The installation was set up at each school for about 4-5 weeks and, in all, an average of 1,500 students had the opportunity to interact with the installation as the art specialists at their respective schools skillfully wove it into their curriculum as well as their educational environments. Two of those schools, Eastridge Elementary and Zieman Elementary, held special events with the installation, inviting students and families to come in during after school hours to enjoy a Van Gogh themed open house and the students at another school, West Lincoln Elementary, were interviewed by Channel 8 News! Well done, LPS!

Bob Reeker
Visual Arts Specialist, Eastridge Elementary School
What an amazing experience for my students, staff, and families! The collaboration between my elementary school and The ArtReach Project was so beneficial to both. My students and staff had the unique opportunity to interact with a masterpiece in Van Gogh's "Bedroom in Arles". I was happy to sponsor "An Evening with Vincent Van Gogh" where we raised money to support the movement of the room exhibit to other schools. I can't thank The ArtReach Project enough for allowing my students, staff, and families this amazing opportunity