While our building undergoes an expansion and renovation, our outreach to regional schools will remain strong. The Hood will continue to offer Images and ArtStart, two of the museum’s foundational education programs that have provided valuable experiential learning opportunities for thousands of regional schoolchildren since their inception in 1980 and 1987, respectively. These multiple-visit programs currently bring twenty-seven classes of elementary students from sixteen regional schools to Dartmouth’s campus six or four times during the year. In their usual format, each visit includes time in the museum where students learn from and discuss original works of art, followed by time in the studio where students create their own art using artistic processes and concepts explored in the museum. During the building closure we plan to maintain these programs using an adjusted format and exploring art available on campus and other satellite locations. As always, students enrolled in Images and ArtStart will make art in the museum’s studio located in a building nearby.
While the museum is closed, we will continue to offer opportunities for all of our audiences to engage with and learn from original works of art elsewhere on campus. Public sculpture, the landmark Orozco mural located in Baker Library, the range of architecture featured across campus, and other small exhibitions will remain accessible. We will offer participatory workshops for children, families, and adults, as well as periodic professional development training for regional teachers. Tours for K-12 schools will also be available; in an average year, a third of all tours offered by the museum for this audience are of the Orozco mural, and we anticipate that the number of tours of this extraordinary fresco cycle will increase in response to greater advertising and publicity.
Communication with teachers will continue through mailings and emails, and you can always check the museum’s website for updates. We also offer an extensive selection of online resources for teachers that can be used at any time to incorporate works of art in classroon activities.