Each year, the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia hosts a two hour “Clinician’s Eye” workshop for second-year medical students. The workshop allows medical students to work on their observational skills and practice gathering clues to formulate decisions.
Curator M. Jordan Love, medical humanities professor Marcia Childress, and docent coordinator Emily Lazaro worked with students throughout this workshop.
Childress argued, “In a museum setting, we can slow down that process for them. It helps build reflexes they will need in a clinical setting, when they have to react and learn very quickly.” [UVA Today]
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]
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]
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
During a recent Coffee Gathering: Curriculum Development Workshops with Liliana Milkova, Liliana Milkova discussed successful Curriculum Development Workshops she has hosted at Oberlin’s Allen Memorial Art Museum.
If you are organizing faculty workshops for professors or staff at your academic museum or gallery to integrate collections or exhibitions into their syllabi, you may find Liliana Milkova’s sample agendas a helpful resource.
Museum Access Consortium
Following the passage of the Americans with Disabilities Act in 1990, the Museum Access Consortium (MAC) was formed by a small group of museum and disability professionals that started meeting informally to discuss topics related to accessibility at their New York-based institutions. Today, MAC is an association that regularly hosts professional development workshops and offers a network of mutual support to help practitioners engage with disability advocates and people who have disabilities to learn about, implement, and strengthen best practices for access and inclusion in cultural facilities of all types throughout the New York metro area and beyond.