A + for Educators: Illustrations by Patricia Polacco

January 31 through May 12, 2019

Alcoa Foundation/Ernest and Marjorie Cooper Gallery

Patricia Polacco is well known for her beautifully written and illustrated books that weave stories from her life into pages that have captured the imaginations of generations of readers. This exhibition highlights a selection of her books that celebrate and honor educators that made a difference in her life. Each book addresses a piece of Patricia’s childhood, from bullying, to learning difficulties, to teachers that pushed her to be her very best. Her books are honest and sometimes raw, exposing themes or issues that can be difficult to confront. This collection of stories is a striking reminder of the importance that good educators can play in a child’s life.

The exhibition features original art for Thank you, Mr. Falker, An A from Miss Keller, The Art of Miss Chew, The Lemonade Club, The Junkyard Wonders, Mr. Lincoln’s Way, and Mr. Wayne’s Masterpiece.

 Opening Reception

Thursday, January 31, 5:30 – 8:00 pm

Bring the kids to enjoy the opening of an exhibition of all original artwork by a family favorite illustrator. Patricia Polacco! A+ for Educators celebrates great teachers everywhere. The night will include remarks from our MMA Assistant Director Catherine Mott, followed by a reading of one of Polacco’s books on display. (Be sure to purchase a book in the Museum Store and bring it back to be signed by Patricia Polacoo herself in April!) Event is free and open to the public. Cookies and cocoa provided.

Underwritten by The Folkert Family Foundation