The Delta Center for Culture & Learning at Delta State University plays a critical role in bringing the history and culture of the Mississippi Delta to the public. In addition to hosting an annual NEH Landmarks Workshop for School Teachers, “The Most Southern Place on Earth,” the center runs the International Delta Blues Project and manages the Mississippi Delta National Heritage Area (MDNHA). NHA recently completed a survey of the Delta Center’s Landmarks Workshop that explores the program’s longlasting impact on participants. Through qualitative and quantitative data, the results demonstrate that the program rejuvenates teachers, helps them incorporate creative and engaging pedagogies into their classrooms, and encourages continued professional development and strong professional networks. [National Humanities Alliance]
RAAMP Coffee Gathering: Engaging Educators in Art Museum Galleries
Our latest Coffee Gathering was with Dana Carlisle Kletchka, an Assistant Professor of Art Museum Education in the Department of Arts Administration, Education, and Policy at The Ohio State University. Her research areas include post-critical art museum education theory; professional development for PreK–12 teachers in art museum contexts; the use of social media and digital technologies on interpretation and engagement in the art museum; and the professional positionality of art museum educators within the profound paradigmatic shift of art museums over the last 40 years. In 2015, she was awarded the National Art Education Association’s Art Educator of the Year for the Museum Education division.
Over the past 20 years, she held professional education positions as Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art at The Pennsylvania State University, as an Affiliate Assistant Professor in the School of Visual Arts, and as co-director of the Summer Institute of Contemporary Art (SICA), a joint project of SoVA and the Palmer Museum of Art. She was also the Coordinator of Docent and Interpretive Programs at The Philbrook Museum of Art in Tulsa, OK, and a Curatorial Intern in Art Museum Education at the Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, KS.
She is the co-editor and co-author of the recently published book Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art with B. Stephen Carpenter, II.
Professional Development in Art Museums: Strategies of Engagement Through Contemporary Art explores the research and practice of professional development for preK-12 teachers in art museums, with emphasis on curricular possibilities, conceptual considerations, historical precedents, learner-centered teaching, critical teaching strategies, and communities of practice. Three sections fill this book with examples, strategies, and possibilities for educators interested in enriching teaching and learning in conversation with the art and issues of our times.
In this innovative anthology, co-editors Dana Carlisle Kletchka and B. Stephen Carpenter, II have compiled translations and examinations of theory and practice at the intersection of collaborative professional development, art museums, and contemporary art. To this end, a diverse group of art educators and art museum educators add to a growing body of knowledge about the purposeful reflections and dialogues, inspiring curricula, and innovative pedagogies that inform professional development experiences in art museum contexts.
See LaTanya Autry (@artstuffmatters) on issues of social justice and museums
Art museum education specializations situated in art education programs at major universities and their contacts:
The Ohio State University—Dr. Dana Carlisle Kletchka
The Florida State University—Dr. Pat Villeneuve and Dr. Ann Rowson Love
Teacher’s College at Columbia University—Olga Hubard
University of North Texas—Dr. Laura Evans
Summer Institute on Contemporary Art at Penn State (SICA):
Dr. B. Stephen Carpenter, faculty in charge
Dr. Olivia Gude, former visiting scholar: http://www.saic.edu/profiles/faculty/olivia-gude
Dr. Terry Barrett, former visiting scholar: http://terrybarrettosu.com/
Featuring a variety of notable art historians, artists, curators, educators, and directors, HENI Talks is a digital platform aimed at broadening access to art education. Through a series of short films, industry professionals share their expertise on topics including art history, pedagogy, conservation, public programs, and artistic practice. [The Art Newspaper]
The weekly CAA Conversations Podcast continues the vibrant discussions initiated at our Annual Conference. Listen in each week as educators explore arts and pedagogy, tackling everything from the day-to-day grind to the big, universal questions of the field.
This week, Rosie Liljenquist and Anne Diekema discuss Open Educational Resources (OER).
Rose Liljenquist is an Open Educational Resources librarian at Gerald Sherratt Library, Southern Utah University. Anne Diekema is also a librarian at Gerald Sherratt Library and an assistant professor at Southern Utah Univeristy.
At California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks, CA, the Rolland Gallery of Art partnered with the Chemistry Department to put on “Traces: Revealing Secrets in Art and History.” This exhibit gives Cal Lutheran students and visitors the opportunity to have “an inside look at the methods used by art detectives to reveal the secrets of artworks, ranging from X-rays and infrared light to solvents that remove varnish. Visitors can compare before and after images, try to identify what has been altered in a work and use ultraviolet light to detect changes.”
This exhibition will be the central focus of a new class: “Chemical Investigations of Art” which Katherine Hoffmann, the John Stauffer Professor of Analytical Chemistry, and Robert Dion, an adjunct professor of chemistry, will teach in January. (California Lutheran University)
Image: Half of this oil painting by Richard Wilson has been cleaned.
The Currier Museum of Art in Manchester, NH has created a program for those affected by the opioid crisis. New Hampshire is ranked number three in the nation for drug overdoses.
Lynn Thomson, an assistant director of education and community engagement, explains that the program began with a simple question: What is Manchester dealing with now, and what does the community need?Collaborating with the Partnership for Drug Free Kids, the Currier’s “Art of Hope” came to be. (Hyperallergic)
Image above: The Art of Hope program discussing Claude-Joseph Vernet’s “The Storm” (1759).
Did you know? CAA’s 2019 Annual Conference in February will feature dozens of free professional development and art-making workshops. These events are free but space is limited. Sign up today.
To read more about the workshops that will be offered and to sign up: http://www.collegeart.org/programs/conference/conference2019/careers
At Colorado State University, Erika Osborne, an associate professor in the Department of Art and Art History, and Lynn Badia, an assistant professor in the Department of English will teach an interdisciplinary course on energy.
Osbourne and Badia’s course, “Cultural Extraction: Energy in the Humanities,” will focus on “the relatively new concept of ‘energy humanities’ looks at the relationship between energy and our daily lives through a variety of lenses.” The instructors built field trips into to the course and have also “incorporated artists, films, literature and even TV series to provide context around the energy theme.”
In response to what they are learning in class and on field trips to the the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville and the National Renewable Energy Lab in Golden, students will create a “‘mock museum’ — a museum set in the future containing artifacts from our current time” which will be installed at the Gregory Allicar Museum of Art’s Robert W. Hoffert Learning Center at the end of the fall 2018 semester. The exhibition will be titled “Museum of Energy Transitions: Real and Speculative.”
The mock museum will be open from Dec. 12 through Dec. 15 during regular museum hours, 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. An opening reception will be held from 5 to 7 p.m. on Dec. 13. (Colorado State University)
Image above: Students tour the Fort St. Vrain Generating Station in Platteville.
When students enter the Lehman College Art Gallery in the Bronx, NY to see the current exhibition, “Castles in the Sky: Fantasy Architecture in Contemporary Art,” they are asked “What’s your fantasy structure?”
“None of the artists in the show are trained architects,” gallery director Bartholomew Bland said, “but they all engage in building in a sort of way that I think is very imaginative and sort of appeals to the dream that we all have about the perfect home, or the perfect building, or the perfect place we would want to spend time.”
“Castles in the Sky” is the product of Bland’s interest in “18th century Italian artist Giovanni Battista Piranesi and 19th century American painter Thomas Cole” and “where artists go in their minds.” The exhibition is up through January 26, 2018. (The Riverdale Press)
By any number of metrics, the arts and humanities are experiencing challenging times. In response to these challenges, some universities and colleges in the United States have cut programs, collapsed libraries, or shuttered entire departments. Over the past years, CAA has tracked these changes in higher education through the organization’s own research efforts and through narratives relayed directly from our members. These actions taken by administrations are in no way secret. In article after article, the alarm has been sounded. We believe there is a better way to resolve these issues and protect the arts and humanities at the same time.
To bridge this divide, CAA is pleased to release Guidelines for Addressing Proposed Substantive Changes to an art, Art History or Design Unit or Program at Colleges and Universities.