Spring Is 'Beloved' Season at Asbury

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A student is mesmerized by the waterfall at DC's National Gallery.

Spring is a ‘Beloved’ season at Asbury as the Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative is re-energized and reinvigorated with new ideas and programs.

In mid-April, resident volunteers headed to the National Gallery in Washington, D.C., with 19 students from Gaithersburg Elementary School who participate in the Beloved Community’s weekly after-school mentoring program.

National Gallery Field Trip
There, they were welcomed by docents for an “Every Painting Tells a Story” tour specifically geared to fourth and fifth graders. Students were introduced to artworks such as Rubens’ “Daniel in the Lion’s Den” and Edward Hick’s “Peaceable Kingdom,” joined discussions about the story behind each piece and selected a piece from the gallery walls to sketch on their own.

After the formal tour was over, it was on to the Cascade Cafe for lunch. The students were mesmerized by the dancing lights of the people mover connecting the cafe area with the East Gallery, and took several trips.  Almost as interesting as the dancing lights were the cascading waters in the café’s glass wall. They found that they were unable to actually touch the water, but it wasn’t from lack of trying! 

Everyone agreed that it had been a great trip for students and mentors alike.

Photography & Nature Workshop
Earlier in the month, Asbury’s campus was abuzz with children participating in in “Photography, Art and Nature,” a program for tweens developed and led by artist, photographer Joanne Miller.

The first session kicked off on Asbury Methodist Village’s 17-acre Wildlife and was followed by a trip to Great Falls. Other spots will include Greenway Trail, Brookside Gardens and Black Hill Park.

Students’ photographs will be displayed during an art show at Asbury.

“Photography, Art and Nature” was first held on Asbury’s campus several years ago, and included students from local middle schools. This year, participants are children from the Conversational English for Latino Moms group, a partnership between Asbury and Identity, a Gaithersburg-based Latino outreach group and Beloved Community member.

The Gaithersburg Beloved Community Initiative is includes volunteers who are not residents of Asbury. Interested? Click the link for more information.  


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