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 5:00 - 6:30 PM
Seattle, Washington #NAEAMusEd18

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!
Download Brochure | REGISTER HERE

Curious what Preconference looks like? Check out the 2017 keynote as we addressed Diversity & Inclusion: Art Museum Educators as Levers of Change.

NAEA Museum Education Peer-to-Peer (P2P) Initiative – Go To Webinars

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.

The NAEA Museum Education Division hosts ongoing, interactive webinars via GoToMeeting that allow art museum education colleagues to share ideas and reflect together about the issues and ideas concerning art museum teaching, programming, interpretation, leadership, and other current issues for our field. Similar to an online video-conference, P2P conversations allow participants to see and chat with one another for free. A typical P2P 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.

2017-18 P2P Schedule
For the 2017-2018 academic year, P2P conversations will work in tandem with Viewfinder, the Division’s digital publication, between November and May. Live viewing of P2P will take place on the third Wednesday of each month listed below at 1 PM EST/10 AM PST. All P2P events are announced and archived on the NAEA Museum Education division’s YouTube page.

All Webinars are held on Wednesdays at 1 pm ET/10 am PT.

  • November 15, 2017
  • January 17, 2018
  • February 21, 2018
  • April 18, 2018
  • May 16, 2018

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.” P2P Sessions are organized by a working group co-chaired by Melissa Tanner and Kylee Crook. Please contact with ideas for topics or formats. Want to join the P2P planning team? Fill out this quick P2P Google form.

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

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Viewfinder: Reflecting on Museum Education

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

Coming in December 2017: Issue 5—Social Justice in Museum Education

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 until 2015. Led by our Western Regional Director-Elect, Hajnal Eppley, this team meets monthly to brainstorm topics and links, announcements and other fun prompts (sometimes involving GIFS or emoji).

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

E-Newsletter: NEW in December 2017, all Museum Education Division members will automatically receive an e-newsletter, which will be distributed every other month.

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

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.

The NAEA Museum Education Division, collaborating with the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD), received a prestigious National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS). This award has been funding the implementation portion of this important research. We have enjoyed working with Randi Korn & Associates for the past two years for this study. We are currently in year three and are finalizing data analysis and reporting. Stay tuned to the Division’s e-newsletter 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

Read the Executive Summary
Read the Full Report
Read a White Paper about the Research Initiative: Impact of Art Museum Programs on K–12 Students
View Criteria for Museum Site Selection
Read Emily Holtrop’s Americans for the Arts blog on the project

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.

View Literature Review

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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