Destiny Independence High Museum 2018

Destiny Independence USA kids and mentors pose outside the High Museum of Art in Atlanta Sunday, Jan. 21, 2018. (Photo contributed by Janice Hadaway)

Twenty-four members of local nonprofit Destiny Independence USA along with 15 adults traveled to the High Museum of Art in Atlanta for a cultural experience Sunday.

The purpose of the trip was to open windows of thought, creativity, and inspiration to young people who may not otherwise have an opportunity to visit an art museum.

This art/cultural event was made possible by a grant from Rome Area Council for the Arts, for which DIUSA is very grateful.

Several days before the trip, DIUSA brought in two artists to the facilities of New Life Church of God to teach the entire group how to recognize some of the characteristics and artists of four periods in art history: Neo-classism, Romanticism, Impressionism, and Realism. This art prep class was followed by a pizza dinner for all, compliments of the Little Caesar’s on Hicks Drive and Sam’s Club.

On Jan. 21, the group was given a private tour of the four “isms” at the museum, followed by one hour of a hands-on, art access activity in which students created art using three different mediums. The tour and activity were part of the Title I program at the High Museum of Art.

The 15 adults attending the trip gave their time to act as “Mentors for a Day,” with a one to two adult/youth ratio in order to ensure the safety and participation of the entire group.

Robb Raymond, the manager of the Hardee’s on Turner McCall Boulevard, donated tasty lunches for the students on the tour. A big thank you to Hardee’s.

Destiny Independence is a 501c3 nonprofit dedicated to helping hundreds of children in East and South Rome make it all the way through college or job training and into their first self-supporting adult employment. Significant parts of the program are a partnership with Sylvan Learning Center to bring as many of the students as possible up to grade level in reading and math, private and group mentoring, spiritual nurture, and two cultural field trips per year outside of Rome to broaden their horizons.

If you would like to know more about DIUSA or support them financially or as a volunteer, visit or contact Janice Hadaway, 706-766-5274.