2004 Recipients - P. Buckley Moss & Malcolm Henderson
Born in Staten Island in 1933, P. Buckley Moss (Pat) graduated in 1955 from The Cooper Union, the prestigious New York college for the Arts and the Sciences. The mother of four daughters and two sons, Pat has received numerous honors and awards including a major exhibition of her paintings and etchings in the Tokyo Metropolitan Museum, honorary doctorates and degrees from universities and colleges, and her appointment as a Cultural Laureate of the Commonwealth of Virginia.
Her success is recognized as an example of a triumph over the handicap of dyslexia. Unable to read to any degree of proficiency (she read her first complete novel at age 58), she has used her art from an early age as the means of communicating her love of children and family.
Born in England in 1933, Malcolm Henderson came to the United States in 1975 to open an art gallery in Washington, DC. There he met the artist P. Buckley Moss (Pat) and subsequently became both her agent and her husband.
An exceptionally poor student in school, Malcolm was persistently at the bottom of his class and suffered the ignominy that goes with being unable to learn in a competitive classroom. Thanks to the dedication of one teacher, Hamish Rutherford, who spent endless evenings working with him on Latin prose, the doors to learning were opened.
As a result of their experiences of learning differently from others, Pat and Malcolm have become ardent advocates for children with special needs. The P. Buckley Moss Foundation for Children’s Education works on behalf of children by bringing art into the classroom as a means to reach out to those with learning differences.
The Foundation was created and initially funded in 1995 by the P. Buckley Moss Society, an organization of over 20,000 members worldwide. The Society's local chapters use creative fundraisers to support charitable projects within their communities.
As a humanitarian role model to the Society, Pat and Malcolm are noted for their charitable endeavors, one of which is the education of children. They believe art in all of its forms must be an integral part of the curriculum, especially to help children with learning differences succeed in school. Pat frequently speaks to groups to help improve their understanding of children who learn differently. In the USA, Japan, and Panama, Pat and Malcolm have actively promoted educational programs for the disadvantaged and those who learn differently. Thus, the Foundation exists specifically to encourage using the visual and performing arts in all educational programs, but especially in those programs involving children who learn differently.
Goals of the Foundation
- To provide a forum for sharing innovative methods that use the arts in teaching and disseminating those methods throughout the school systems
- To furnish published materials that give educators ideas for teaching strategies and activities to incorporate the arts into the classroom curriculum
- To develop collaborative relationships with arts and education-based organizations
- To recognize teachers who effectively use the arts in their classroom program to teach children who learn differently
- To develop and conduct pilot programs for pre-school children to introduce the arts into their early educational experience