Artist in Residency with TeMika Grooms

Ms. Grooms and CMA team Member Nashana Pritchett at the CMA Stage with an easel of the drawing they collaborated with the guests.
Ms. Grooms and CMA team Member Nashana Pritchett

Children’s Museum of Atlanta was excited to do an arts residency in partnership with artist illustrator and author TeMika Grooms and the Boyce L. Ansley School. Ms. Grooms worked with Revered Senator Raphael Warnock on his book Put Your Shoes On & Get Ready!. The Boyce L. Ansley School is a tuition-free school serving children who currently are or have experienced homelessness and is a long-standing partner in CMA’s Connected Learning, Connected Communities program.

Ms. Grooms is a Georgia-based writer and illustrator creating stories with a “belief that all children should be able to see themselves as the hero within the pages of a book.” Ms. Grooms and CMA team member Nashana Pritchett worked with students in the third and fourth grade classes at the school in a series of workshops that combined illustration with language and mathematics.

Students met with Ms. Grooms and Ms. Pritchett once a week for five weeks. The students worked collaboratively to create a story, then created individual cover illustrations for their book. Those illustrations are what you see below.

Children’s Museum of Atlanta would like to thank Ms. Grooms and the leadership and staff of the Ansley School for their partnership on this project.

View TeMika Grooms’ and the students’ of the Boyce L. Ansley School artwork below!

“This program is supported in part by Georgia Council for the Arts through the appropriations of the Georgia General Assembly. Georgia Council for the Arts also receives support from its partner agency – the National Endowment for the Arts.”


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