Read the engaging work by the winners of the Exhibition Label Writing Competition, which is sponsored by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM) Curators Committee, in cooperation with the EdCom and NAME networks, and in partnership with the Museology Graduate Program at the University of Washington, Seattle. [American Alliance of Museums]
A week-long program held at the Yale Center for British Art (YCBA) offered students from historically black colleges and universities the opportunity to learn hands-on conservation techniques and expose the aspiring scholars to the networks and careers within the cultural heritage sector. [YaleNews]
Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, discusses the ways in which the Harn Museum of Art promotes community engagement as part of a broader five-year diversity and inclusion plan. Segal explains the many ways in which the Museum is achieving this goal: through the Bishop Study Center, the Head Start Program, the “made by an immigrant” initiative, and the Tele-Tours.
In this segment, Eric Segal, Director of Education and Curator of Academic Programs at the Harn Museum of Art, speaks about student engagement. Segal expands on how the museum becomes a part of many students’ experiences at the University of Florida through a required freshman year course (The Good Life), volunteering, internships, and by having professors curate exhibitions from the collection which reflect their unique perspective and discipline.
As the Deputy Director of Research, Exhibitions and Publications, and Curator of Sculpture at the Yale Center for British Art, Martina Droth oversees research, which informs all facets of the museum: public programs, education, academic outreach, visiting scholars, student positions, exhibitions and publications. She discusses how research is outward-facing at the Yale Center for British Art, providing the space for scholars of different disciplines to share their knowledge. Instead of providing definitive answers, Yale Center for British Art is a museum passionate about interdisciplinary exploration and inquiry.
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.