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• Learn about the Museum Education Division!
See this introduction to find out about its structure, leadership, goals, activities, and how you can contribute.
• Visit the 2014 NAEA National Convention Museum Preconference microsite.
• You may have already seen the recently-released NEA report on arts participation, "How a Nation Engages with Art: Highlights from the 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts." This is the nation’s largest population survey of arts participation trends. The NEA has partnered with the United States Census Bureau six times since 1982 to conduct the SPPA. The 2012 survey asked a nationally representative sample of adults ages 18 and older if they had participated in five broad categories of arts activity in the past year: attending, reading, learning, making/sharing art, and consuming art via electronic media. The 2012 was broader than past years, including a greater number of questions and a broader sample of Americans.
You may download this document on the NEA's website, http://arts.gov/news/2013/national-endowment-arts-presents-highlights-2012-survey-public-participation-arts
The NEA has issued a related call for proposals to encourage researchers to mine the data of the survey. The deadline is coming up--November 5. Guidelines are available online:
• The Educational Value of Field Trips. Need to make the case for a field trip to an art museum? Researchers from the University of Arkansas, in partnership with Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, have conducted the first large-scale randomized controlled trial demonstrating the benefits students receive from visiting an art museum. Because the researchers randomly determined which students could visit the museum during the first year of operation (the treatment group) and which students would have their tour deferred (the control group), the researchers are able to isolate the causal effects of visiting the museum.
The researchers examined nearly 11,000 students, roughly half of which had been selected "by lottery" to visit the museum. They found that students selected to visit the museum are able to recall school visit themes at very high rates, demonstrate stronger critical thinking skills, display higher tolerance, exhibit greater historical empathy, and develop a taste for art museums and cultural institutions. Moreover, the benefits are generally much larger for disadvantaged students (minority, low-income, rural schools). Art and cultural institutions have important measurable effects on students, especially when those students are reliant on their schools to provide culturally enriching experiences.
In addition, the researchers conducted a second study looking at the effects of field trips to the Walton Arts Center, a performing arts theater. The Walton Arts Center study looked at the cumulative effect of culturally enriching field trips through 7th grade. It also examined whether field trips to see live performance would produce benefits similar to those from tours of an art museum. They found a very similar pattern of results as those from the Crystal Bridges study. They also found that these benefits compounded and endured over many years.
• Learn about the Museum Education Peer-to-Peer Initiative and initiate a Google Hangout
In the spring, the Museum Education Division announced the launch of a new Peer-to-Peer learning program that will encourage art museum educators and other members of our Division to use Google+ Hangouts to get together virtually, discuss topics pertinent to our practice, and help each other advance our work.
1. Tuesday, November 26, 4 EST, Social and Interactive Programs for Adult Visitors, Facilitator: Molly Kysar, The Metropolitan Museum of Art
2. Tuesday, December 2, 4 EST, Discussion: "Teaching in the Art Museum" in Practice, Facilitators: Chelsea Kelly, Amy Kirschke, Milwaukee Art Museum
3. Friday, December 6, 1 EST, Model of Practice: Professionalizing and Integrating a Docent Program, Facilitators: Mark Osterman, Vizcaya Museum and Gardens
4. Tuesday, December 10, 4 EST, All Together Now: Talking about Teens and Museums, Facilitators: Gabrielle Wyrick, Associate Director of Education, ICA/Boston; Cecelia Halle, Teen Arts Council, ICA; Aric Oak, Teen Arts Council and Fast Forward, ICA
5. Friday, December 13, 1 EST, Art Museums and the Common Core State Standards, Facilitators: Claire Moore, The Metropolitan Museum of Art; Sara Egan, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum; Theresa Soto, The Getty
6. An additional Hangout will take place in December on Artists in Museums.
• View documentation of the 2013 Preconference
• Keynote for NAEA Museum Division Awards Luncheon
2011 NAEA National Convention, Seattle, Washington, March 18, 2011
"Art Museums and 21st Century Skills"
Marsha L. Semmel, Deputy Director for Museums and Director for Strategic Partnerships
Institute of Museum and Library Services
• NAEA MUSEUM RESOURCES
Art museums provide a wide array of web-based resources for K-12 teachers. These include lesson plans, timelines, searchable databases, image banks, video clips of artists and scholars speaking about works of art, access to behind the scenes images of exhibition installations, podcasts of lectures, interactive games, special teacher blogs, free subscriptions to e-resources, and much more.
Click here for a list of resources from forty-five art museums across the country, organized alphabetically by museum. Additional museum listings will be added periodically.
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