Annual trip provides cultural experience
Story by Courtney Burleigh
Rose State’s annual excursion to the Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, held Saturday, April 28 will be an opportunity for people who enjoy architecture, sightseeing and road trips.
The trip is organized by Humanities Professors Sherri Mussatto and Lori Morrow; the annual trip to the Crystal Bridges is for anyone wanting to learn about and experience American history through art, architecture and more.
Crystal Bridges is located in Bentonville, Arkansas. According to Professor Sherri Mussatto, the museum “has a wonderful collection of American art and beautiful grounds to explore.”
Attendees have the option to explore the museum independently or follow behind the guided tour provided by the museum docents.
Those attending this tour will earn Passport Points for Rose State’s Passport Program. Mussatto explained that non-Rose State students are invited as well.
“Of course, the benefit to everyone is enjoying a very nice day of exploring American art and learning more about it,” Mussatto said. “It’s so much better than simply viewing these works of art in a textbook.”
The bus trip to Crystal Bridges is a tradition, and despite being held for several years in a row, Mussatto said she and her students enjoy their adventures each and every time.
“Professor Morrow and I look forward to the day when we can be with our students as many of them experience an art museum for the first time,” Mussatto said. “Even if they have been to an art museum before, they might not have been to one as large as the Crystal Bridges museum. It’s so exciting to hear their reactions to some of the pieces of art … Usually, the reality of the experience surpasses their expectations. Many times, students are not sure what to expect, but the events of the day are fun, and it’s just nice to get out of town and see new sights.”
To sign up for the trip, students must take their student ID and a copy of their class schedule to the Community Learning Center. The trip costs $40 for students and $60 for non-students. Attendees will depart at 7:45 a.m. April 28 at the Community Learning Center. There will be a stop for dinner on the way back, and the bus will arrive at Rose State by 9:30 p.m. Saturday.
“Students have a reduced rate, but family members, friends, and people from the community are all welcome to come along,” Mussato said.
For more information about the trip to Crystal Bridges, contact Mussatto at email@example.com or 733-7503, or Morrow at firstname.lastname@example.org or 733-7507.
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