The board of directors has officially approved the new name of the art gallery to “The Greene Gallery at St. John’s International School”, named after Rita Greene who was the founding art teacher at St John’s. There will be an formal opening ceremony in the present of Mr. John Greene in the spring at one of our vernissages and we hope you will be able to join us for this very special event.
The Greene Gallery at St. John’s International School’s mission statement is as follows: The St. John’s International School Art Gallery, named after Rita Greene who was the founding art teacher at St John’s and whose legacy continues to impact students in the form of the Rita Greene Award presented annually by her husband John Greene, has an important role to play in raising awareness of the visual arts and encouraging cultural diplomacy between the international and local Belgian communities both in its extensive program of exhibitions and workshops by visiting artists and its many students shows in elementary, middle and high school. The Gallery is a vital resource that plays an integral role in the whole art curriculum by encouraging students to experience and experiment with display in a professional exhibition space, engaging them in a wider critical dialogue and placing value on their creativity and personal expression. It embodies in practice the school’s ethos and core educational values and provides a unique focus for an active and reflective involvement in the arts for individual students as well as social and cultural interaction for the school and wider community.