Museum Education Division

Learn About the NAEA Museum Education Division

Learn About the NAEA Museum Education Division

2017 Museum Education Division Preconference

Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of Change
March 1, 2017, 9:15-4:45, Annual Museum Education Division Preconference at various NYC art museums, followed by an after-hours wine reception at the ​Whitney Museum of American Art from 6:30-8:00 pm. Details | Brochure

The Preconference is SOLD OUT. Due to limited space, there is no waiting list for this event. Thanks for helping us fill this event again this year!

List of Museum Education Division sessions at the 2017 NAEA Annual Convention on March 2-4. Remember to follow us on social media using #NAEAMusEd17 for updates and highlights. 

Looking for dining options while in NYC? Here is a list of restaurants near the Whitney Museum of American Art.

NAEA Museum Education Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Initiative – Google Hangouts

Inspired by the thought-provoking conversations that take place between colleagues at the NAEA National Convention, the Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Initiative was launched in 2011 to continue professional development opportunities with NAEA Museum Education Division peers throughout the year.

What is a P2P Google+ Hangout?
From October to May, the NAEA Museum Education Division hosts monthly P2P Google+ Hangout sessions. These conversations allow art museum education colleagues to share ideas and reflect together about the issues and ideas concerning art museum teaching.

This platform, similar to an online videoconference, allows participants to see and chat with one another for free! A typical P2P Hangout includes 4 or 5 peers engaging in a discussion around a shared topic through the use of video and audio. An unlimited number of people can watch, listen, and even engage with the presenters by typing questions or comments for everyone to see.

Curious about future P2P events?
For the 2016-2017 academic year, Hangouts will happen from October to May on the second Wednesday of each month at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST. All P2P events are announced and archived on the NAEA Museum Education division’s Google+ Page. Add the NAEA Museum Education Division to your Google+ circles for updates and a schedule of upcoming Hangouts!

2016-2017 Schedule
All Hangouts are on Wednesdays, 1 PM EST/ 10 AM PST

  • November 9 - Gallery Teaching
  • January 11 - Incorporating Youth Voices
  • February 8 - Social Justice Begins at Home: Museums Look Inward
  • March 8 - Accessibility
  • April 12 - After New York: Extending the Conference
  • May 10 - Working with Artists

Connect with us!
This project is strengthened by your ideas and input. We hope that you add your voice to the conversation. Anyone is welcome—regardless of your experience level, program area, or size of institution– to propose a topic and we are also excited to try out new formats for presentations that go beyond “show and tell.”

The P2P Hangouts are organized by a working group co-chaired by Amy Kirschke and Melissa Tanner. Please contact with ideas for topics or formats.

Wondering what a Hangout looks like? All past Hangouts have been archived on our Google+ page

Viewfinder: Reflecting on Museum Education

Viewfinder is an experimental publication about museum education from the National Art Education Association’s Museum Education Division.

Viewfinder aims to engage colleagues in ongoing dialogues about museum education today, by combining the speed and timeliness of a blog with the rigor of a peer-reviewed journal. Featuring experiments, inviting critiques, and inspiring cross-generational dialogue, Viewfinder is a resource that is not dedicated solely to best practices, but rather documents the value of rigorous reflection. Articles will be solicited via the NAEA listserv and social media outlets. Colleagues will be invited to submit a summary/abstract and indicate the number of years they have worked in the field. Peer editors will also be found through the listserv, and the publication’s organizers will pair each accepted submission with an editor who is in a different “generation” than the article writer. If you’d like to be involved, whether as an author or peer reviewer, or if you have ideas or comments on topics or themes, we would love to hear from you! Please read this article for more information.

Contribute to Viewfinder Issue 4: Intentionality
Viewfinder is now accepting proposals for it’s next issue, Intentionality & the Role of Museum Education. This Issue will explore how art museum educators, through intentionality (that is, reflection, mindfulness, constant learning and collaboration), are positioning themselves as vanguards of equity and social justice within the field. We invite you to send us a brief summary and thesis of an article surrounding this theme. Proposals will be accepted from January 6-18, using the Google Form.

Authors will be selected by January 20, and will have until February 13 to complete manuscript first drafts. Publication of this issue will be in late February, before the NAEA National Convention in New York City.

Staying Connected

The Museum Education Division has invaded social media. While many of us have an active social media presence and often get into great discussions via hashtag about issues surrounding museum education, the division did not have a social media presence. Well, that has changed. Over the last couple of months, a committee of division members, led by the Cleveland Museum of Art’s Hajnal Eppley, has met on a regular basis to create a new social media presence for the division.

You can find us on the following platforms:
Facebook: NAEA Museum Education Division
Twitter: @NAEAMusEd
Google+: NAEA Museum Education Division
YouTube: NAEA Museum Education Division

Did you miss a Peer2Peer Hangout? Do not worry; all hangouts are archived on both our Google+ page and on our YouTube channel.

Interested in submitting something to our social media platforms? Please fill out this form and the committee will review for submission.

Not on social media but interested in getting up to date information on the division? Please sign up for the Museum Education Division Listserv; we will continue to send out major announcements and updates via this platform.

UPDATE: NAEA-AAMD Research Study Update: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students

The NAEA Museum Education Division and its partner, the Association of Art Museum Directors, continue to make progress towards the planning and implementation of a large-scale impact study investigating the question, What are the benefits to students of engaging with original works of art within the context of object-based art museum programs that take place during the formal school day? We hope to build on and significantly amplify the limited prior research that exists about the impact of art museum programs on participants. Our goal is to explore, at a large scale, how engaging directly with original works of art within the distinctive physical and social setting of art museums and through constructivist pedagogies, might lead to or heighten a range of student outcomes. The Samuel H. Kress Foundation has provided a generous grant award to support the planning year for this impact study, which began on August 1, 2014.

We have recently learned that NAEA Museum Education Division, collaborating with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), has received a prestigious National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This award will fund the implementation portion of this important research. We are excited to be working with Randi Korn & Associates over the next three years for this study. We are currently in year one and are working towards finalizing and disseminating the literature review created during the planning year. We are also working on site selection for year two of the study. Stay tuned to the listserv and our social media platforms for up to date information.

Now released: Report on national survey of single-visit K-12 field trip practices in art museums

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Connect in Person

Looking for a way to network face to face? Meet up with colleagues and share ideas informally at the NAEA annual National Convention.

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Emily Holtrop

Museum Education Division Director (Term: 2015-2017)

Director of Learning and Interpretation, Cincinnati Art Museum

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Emily Holtrop

Museum Education Division Director (Term: 2015-2017)

Director of Learning and Interpretation, Cincinnati Art Museum