Paul R. Jones envisioned his collection as a resource to be shared with Alabamians, and as a way to educate students about the importance of art in life. The Paul R. Jones K-12 Fellows program is designed to actualize this vision.
The Jones Fellows program provides an opportunity for public school teachers to develop innovative curricula inspired by the collection, and pairs teachers with undergraduate and graduate students from The University of Alabama who support the implementation of standards-based curricula.
In fall 2014, elementary and middle school students from the Tuscaloosa City Schools visited the Paul R. Jones Gallery to view an exhibition of art from the Jones collection organized around the theme of identity. Prepared especially for them, this exhibition inspired student-created artwork that was exhibited in the gallery in December.