PSJHS art teacher exposes students to a city of culture


Art teacher Julie Hodges took 20 students to Atlanta last year to immerse them in art in culture. This month she’ll take more than 30 to New York City.

Special to The Star
Published: Thursday, March 20, 2014 at 09:39 AM.

Students at Port St. Joe Jr./Sr. High School are about to experience life in the big city.

On March 15, art teacher Julie Hodges took 36 students to New York City to experience art and culture during a three-day trip.

Plans for the Big Apple began last year when Hodges took a group of gifted art students to her old stomping grounds of Atlanta, Ga. They spent several days exploring museums and visiting the local branch of the Savannah College of Art and Design.

Hodges said that the reason for the Atlanta trip was two-fold. She wanted to expose students to artistic installations but also get them outside of their comfort zone.

“There are students who haven’t left a five-hour radius of Port St. Joe,” said Hodges. “During the Atlanta trip some students, who had never seen a city before, teared up.

“I think they gained a lot from it.”

Though the first trip had just 20 students in attendance, those students came back and shared the experience with their friends and demand for a second trip reached a boiling point.

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