Drawing Act 150

The Drawing Act 150th Anniversary Celebration

150 years ago, legislators in Massachusetts responded to the demands of industry through the establishment of art education in public schools by passing An Act relating to free instruction in drawing, also called The Drawing Act. It was the first law in the nation requiring drawing to be taught in public schools. It also mandated that industrial and mechanical drawing education be available to persons over 15 years of age, either in day or evening schools.

MASSCreative is proud to be a member of The Drawing Act Coalition and invites everyone from across the Commonwealth to celebrate the 150th year of the Drawing Act by contributing original drawings for this anniversary project. One of the possible public displays includes a community art installation at the Massachusetts State House this May.

Drawing Act Coalition partners include: MA Art Education Association, MASSCreative, Mass Cultural Council, Massachusetts College of Art and Design (MassArt), member of the MA Legislature, MA Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, and MA Department of Higher Education. 

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published this page in Events 2020-03-06 08:35:09 -0500

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