History

A Life With Vision

 The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum is named for the woman whose vision and efforts culminated in the   establishment of what has become a unique educational resource for Spring Branch Independent School District   (SBISD). Nearly 50 years ago, Altharetta Yeargin, a former art teacher and area art coordinator for SBISD, donatedto th e District a collection of artifacts which she and her husband had gathered during their travels around the world. This collection became the basis for the Art Center, an innovative, museum-style exhibit originally housed at Memorial Middle School. The Art Center served as a Fine Arts field trip destination for SBISD’s elementary students for many years.

A New Home

 With the addition of significant art donations from community members, the Art Center collection   eventually outgrew its classroom home, creating the need for a larger, more permanent display   space. With the blessing of Mrs. Yeargin, continuous support from SBISD’s Board of Trustees and   a $600,000 donation from the Houston Coca-Cola Bottling Company, a site for the Altharetta   Yeargin Art Museum was designated on the campus of the Westchester Academy for International Studies. SBISD’s architects partnered with the Smithsonian Institution in the planning and design of this state-of-the-art facility, which includes three galleries, an art classroom, Kiva for presentations, and a vault for artwork storage.

A Real-World Experience

The Altharetta Yeargin Art Museum collects and exhibits the art of world cultures in all

 mediums and periods. With over 600 pieces, the museum collection contains a large body of   cultural pieces from around the world. Educational research reveals a direct link between  arts-based learning and enhanced student achievement. Through the coordination of exhibits with school curricula, the museum is able to bring subject matter to life in a tangible way. Field trip visits by all SBISD  2nd grade students are a yearly event, as are Road Shows by museum facilitators who visit  kindergarten and first grade SBISD students in their classroom. Saturday programs for the entire family are scheduled throughout the year, as well as adult art classes and private tours.

Serving All Houston-Area School Disticts

The museum is open to the public. Docent-guided tours for both SBISD and outside-district groups are available by appointment. As a site for student and public visits, staff development, district art events, and after-hours programming, the museum offers learning opportunities and cultural enrichment not only to SBISD, but all Houston-area school districts and communities.