Museum Education Division

Learn About the NAEA Museum Education Division

Learn About the NAEA Museum Education Division

2018 NAEA Museum Education Division Preconference - Art Museums and Racial Equity

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
8:30 AM - 4:30 PM followed by a reception 5 - 6:30 PM
Seattle, Washington

The NAEA Museum Education Preconference brings together art museum educators, students, consultants, and researchers to build community, generate new insights, and leverage the knowledge of the group as well as the expertise of partners and specialists in other disciplines to strengthen museum education practice. Preconference enrollment is limited to 250 participants, so please register early to reserve your spot!
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2017 Museum Education Division Preconference

Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of Change
Watch the 2017 Preconference keynote.

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!

2017 Schedule
All Hangouts are held on Wednesdays at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.

Nailing It…and Failing It
Wednesday, November 15 (10-11 PST / 12-1 CST / 1-2 EST)

Gallery teaching is filled with the unexpected. Visitors can react to objects in different ways than anticipated. Simple activities prove to be more difficult and time consuming. New programs have unforeseen challenges. Experimental projects are essential for strengthening our pedagogical approaches and keeping our institutions’ collections relevant. Join panelists as they share happy accidents in public engagement and (the sometimes hard) lessons learned. Bring your own programmatic questions and concerns to the conversation through an interactive, moderated Q&A exchange.

Holly Gillette, Education Coordinator, LACMA
Jack Gruszczynski, School Programs Educator, AIC
Molly Nuanes, Manager of Programs, MCA Denver

Register Here (for free)

Past/Archived Hangouts:

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.

Now Live: Viewfinder Issue 4—Intentionality and the Role of the Museum Educator
Many art museum educators are engaging with the field of social justice, profoundly changing institutional understandings of equity and broadening audience engagement. How is this achieved and maintained? Through intentionality — reflection, mindfulness, constant learning and collaboration.

Read the newest issue of Viewfinder here.

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.

NAEA-AAMD Research Study: 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

Literature Review: The Impact of Art Museum Programs on Students

Representing a first major step in a multiyear, national research project co-sponsored by NAEA and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), this comprehensive analysis of existing research examines the relationship between K-12 learning and visits to all types of museums. This literature review provided foundation and direction for the NAEA/AAMD Impact of Art Museum Programs on Students Research Initiative’s key objective—to determine cognitive and emotional values of single visit art museum field trips.  The literature review portion of the project was made possible by generous support from the Samuel H. Kress Foundation.

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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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Museum Education Division Director (Term: 2017-2019)

Associate Curator of Education, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum

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Museum Education Division Director (Term: 2017-2019)

Associate Curator of Education, Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum