Bridges Across Borders

Through the discovery and knowledge of art and heritage, this language program – that promotes English or French classes to pupils 7th-9th grades – gives thought to geographical or psychological borders between countries and people.

The Virginia Museum of Fine Arts and the Collegiate School of Richmond along with the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Bordeaux and the Collège Cassignol in Bordeaux have been participating in this program since 2015 and organized correspondence exchanges between students in 2017.

In the 2016-2017 school year, they were joined by the Saint Louis Art Museum and Ladue School, and the Musée des Beaux-Arts de Tours and the Collège Lamartine in Tours. The program is also an opportunity to become better acquainted with American and French Art.

Several conversations have already taken place, including some about Alexander Calder whose works are in both Saint Louis and Tours. The artist used to work near Tours at his studio in Saché from 1953. The French students visited his studio and made a mobile inspired by Calder that they gifted to the American students.