Macon-Bibb County School District Shines

Coordinator Donald L. Druitt, Sr. and Jeff Bruce, Director of Exhibitions for The Tubman Museum, pose in the gallery during the installation of the show.

Donald L. Druitt, Sr. was once a participating artist in the NAP show that took place in Miami Beach, Florida. That experience stayed with him and he decided to introduce the program to Bibb County, Georgia. With buy in from the school district, the local arts alliance and the beautiful Tubman Museum, he was on his way! 

Don was very calculated in his coordination of the show and gathered together representatives from each of the three organizations including Ben Bridges, Macon-Bibb County School District Art Director, Jeff Bruce, Director of Exhibitions at The Tubman Museum and Stephanie Fritz, Director of Programs for Macon Arts Alliance. Each did their part and was committed to making this a successful first year with the program. 

First, Don was in constant communication with the NAP throughout his coordination of the exhibit and it was obvious that he was excited about the opportunities the program could provide for the greater Macon-Bibb community. Second, being an artist himself, he knew the joy that comes from sharing your artistic talents with others and coming together to celebrate one another. Finally he was generous with his time and dedicated himself to helping with every last detail of the exhibition.

Jeff Bruce pictured here making sure every last detail was perfect for their first NAP exhibit.

His efforts paid off and in total the final show included 205 pieces entered by 125 individual artists, all either County School District employees or their family members,  an exceptional showing for their first year. It was professionally displayed in The Tubman Museum and both the Schools Superintendent, Dr. Curtis L. Jones and the Director of The Tubman Museum, Dr. Andy Ambrose were in attendance at the November awards reception which honored all of the participating artists. 

The support of the School District, The Tubman Museum and the Macon Art Alliance were invaluable and the incredible coordination efforts of Don Druitt made for a fantastic show. We hope this is only the start of a long running successful relationship with Bibb County!