Department to Host Ribbon-cutting Ceremony at Student Art Exhibit Opening

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The U.S. Department of Education (ED) and the Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) will present Museums: pARTners in Learning, with a program and ribbon-cutting ceremony at the Department’s headquarters at 11 a.m. Wednesday, July 23. In this second collaboration between ED and AAMD, the exhibit features student art and creative writing by K–12 students who participated in museum education programs organized by 16 college and university art museums in their communities across the country.

The museums featured in the exhibit are Burchfield-Penney Art Center at SUNY Buffalo State; Diggs Gallery at Winston-Salem University; the Fralin Museum of Art at the University of Virginia; Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art at the University of Oklahoma; Georgia Museum of Art at the University of Georgia; Hammer Museum at UCLA; Hood Museum of Art at Dartmouth College; Jordan Schnitzer Museum of Art at the University of Oregon; Princeton University Art Museum; Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art at the University of Florida; Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago; Smith College Museum of Art; Spencer Museum of Art at the University of Kansas; Weisman Art Museum at the University of Minnesota; Yale Center for British Art; and Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University.

The exhibit highlights the diverse ways in which direct engagement with the arts enriches students’ learning experiences, personal development and critical thinking. It will be on display at ED until Aug. 29.

Jamienne Studley, deputy under secretary of education, and Rebecca Martin Nagy, director of the Harn Museum at the University of Florida, will deliver opening remarks. Anthony Madorsky, a student from Meadowbrook Elementary School in Gainesville, Florida, will speak about his art education experience at the Harn Museum. Two artists at the Harn, poet-in-residence Anna Mebel and choreographer and dancer-in-residence Amanda Stambrosky, will perform poetry and dance inspired by the students’ art.

AAMD’s 239 members serve more than 40,000 public, private, charter and home schools a year, with programs ranging from single-visit tours to intensive, long-term partnerships that include shared teaching, curriculum design, assessment and professional development.

The Department’s Student Art Exhibit Program, now in its 11th year, features visual and performing arts created by students in U.S. and international schools, and provides students and teachers an opportunity to display creative work from the classroom in a highly public place that honors their work as an effective path to learning and knowledge for all. You can visit the Student Art Exhibit Program here.