What is Art of the Piedmont?
In 2011 Art of the Piedmont was born as a benefit fundraiser for Middleburg Montessori School. The concept of an art auction featuring and celebrating local artists seemed like the perfect way to raise funds for Middleburg Montessori School, which had just transitioned itself as an official non-profit. BethAnn Slater relinquished private ownership of Middleburg Montessori School, to a nonprofit organization, to better serve the Middleburg community making the Montessori curriculum accessible to more people in the Middleburg area, including those living in Fauquier, Loudoun, Clarke, and Frederick counties. Diversity and accessibility are essential to Dr. Maria Montessori's vision for her curriculum, and Middleburg Montessori School strives to embody the truest form of Dr. Montessori's work.
The Montessori Philosophy embraces the arts as well as academics, teaching children to be expressive, work with their hands, to observe, ask questions, and reflect. The connection between academics and the arts are seamless in the Montessori classroom. This is why the Art of the Piedmont Art Auction and Reception is the perfect fundraising event for Middleburg Montessori School. Each year, Art of the Piedmont continues to be critical to Middleburg Montessori School's ability to fulfill its mission, nurturing independence, and a love of learning to a diverse student body.