Art Adventure

Sponsored by the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (Mia), Art Adventure introduces students to works of art from a variety of cultures. Volunteering includes visiting Mia to learn about six (6) pieces of art and then discussing the pieces with our students in their art classes, using reproductions and other props. 

The time commitment for volunteers is:*

  • September/October: Training at Mia (day or evening) 
  • November: Presenting two (2) times in your child’s art class. (If there are enough volunteers in your child's classroom, you may choose to present only once.)**  
  • December: Tour Mia to see the art live (optional for volunteers to attend)

*Kindergarten classes are more flexible on presentation times in November or December, and do not tour Mia at the end.

**If you are nervous or short on time, on occasion, volunteers have been able to co-volunteer with another parent in a classroom.  

To find out how to participate in Art Adventure, please e-mail Michele Peters or Amy Marquardt.

2017 Theme: Dressed for the Occasion. Check out the pieces in this set.


Presentation times in your child's art class

Most presentations take place in Mr. Pilon's art class. However, 3-4 classes will not have art class during November, so volunteers will work directly with those teachers to find a time that works in their classrooms. 

Plan for 50 minutes total each class—for both presentations and projects. Remember to make it fun for you and the kids. Asking lots of questions is an easy, fun way to make this happen. 

2017 Art Adventure Schedule Sign up

Some classes have multiple parents interested in helping out. Looking for who your partners may be? Check out the signup sheet by classroom.

Required district volunteer form.

All volunteers are required to submit a volunteer form before going into the classroom. If you have not submitted one this year, please do so before your presentation time.

More information on volunteering at Burroughs


Art Adventure Volunteer Gathering: Nov 7, 7 pm, Kings Wine Bar (4555 Grand Ave S)

After you vote, come and join us at Kings Wine Bar for an informal gathering. We'll answer all your questions about logistics, give tips and pointers and share ideas for projects. 

What's a "Set"? Come find out.


Art Adventure at Burroughs is funded by the PTA. We budget one Picture Person training session per class, but many classes have more than one volunteer. If your class has extra volunteers, consider doing a train-the-trainer approach, or sending an additional donation to the PTA on behalf of Art Adventure.

Interested? Questions? Comments? Let us know.


Amy Marquardt & Michele Peters, coordinators

Burroughs Art Adventure