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March 1, 2013

Hood Quarterly, spring 2013

The Hood’s statement of purpose includes the following: Our mission is to create an ideal learning environment that fosters transformative encounters with works of art. Sometimes transformative experiences take the form of new knowledge or a particular insight. Sometimes they are more far-reaching, as in the case of printmaker Matt Brown, whose career and life work was changed by a vision he received while seated on a bench in one of our galleries.

In the winter of 1993, the...

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March 1, 2012
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Hood Quarterly, spring 2012

Sybil Williamson, who has been a docent at the Hood since 1992, is playing a national leadership role in the museum education community. In October she became president of the National Docent Symposium Council (NDSC) for a two-year term beginning in 2011. Sybil’s engagement with the NDSC began in 2001, when she agreed to serve as a regional representative. Because of her great strengths as a leader and spokesperson, she was continually asked to assume additional responsibilities and...

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September 1, 2011

Hood Quarterly, autumn/winter 2011-12

Across the country, medical students, police officers, and business executives are spending time in art museums as part of their professional training and development. Engaging with original works of art fosters careful observation and the ability to interpret visual information—skills that are essential to success in all three fields. Indeed,“visual literacy” (the ability to construct meaning from all that we see) is important to all of us.We need to be equipped with the ability...

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March 1, 2011
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Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2011

Sometimes we receive indications that the Hood’s educational efforts have made a difference in the community. One such affirmation came in a commentary by Annie Guyon that aired on Vermont Public Radio in mid-December. Called “Looking at Art,” the piece discussed the value of taking children to museums. Near the end of the commentary, Ms. Guyon included a beautiful tribute to the museum’s work with regional schools when she reported that Mary Lou Massucco, an art...

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September 1, 2010

Hood Quarterly, autumn/winter 2010-11
25th Anniversary Issue

The term docent, originally from the Latin, means someone who teaches or instructs.The Hood Museum of Art has been extremely fortunate over the past twenty-five years to have a wide range of community members volunteer their time and energy and serve as docents, or gallery teachers at the museum. Docents learn about—and then teach others about—all of the museum’s collections and exhibitions. In a single year this can encompass art as diverse as frescoes by the...

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March 1, 2010

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2010

Each year the Hood staff (assisted by interns and Dartmouth faculty) offers an extracurricular program for Dartmouth students called Museum Collecting 101. The course affords students a behind-thescenes look at the core work of the museum: acquiring, exhibiting, and teaching with original works of art.

When the program was offered in winter 2009, it focused on...

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September 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, autumn/winter 2009-10

During the spring and summer of 2009, the Hood Museum of Art displayed Félix de la Concha: Private Portraits/Public Conversations, as part of the Dartmouth Centers Forum theme for the year, conflict and reconciliation. The exhibition featured portraits of fifty-one people from the Dartmouth and Upper Valley communities who had experienced conflict in their personal or professional lives and were on...

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March 1, 2009

Hood Quarterly, spring/summer 2009

Learning to Look, created by the Hood Museum of Art, is an approach designed to help viewers look carefully and think critically about any work of art they encounter. The approach includes the five steps involved in exploring a work of art: careful observation, analysis, research, interpretation, and critique. Developed originally to equip regional teachers of all grade levels and subjects to...

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January 1, 2009
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Hood Quarterly, winter 2009

One of the goals of the Hood is to provide multiple and varied ways for visitors to engage with and learn about original works of art. To this end, Kris Bergquist in the education department created a resource called Creative Space: Art + Writing. The sixteen-page booklet is available at the museum free of charge and invites visitors to respond to art through their own creative writing. It is designed to work for all ages, though it may work best for younger children to...

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September 1, 2008

Hood Quarterly, autumn 2008

This summer marked the third year that the museum collaborated with Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD). SEAD is a program that expands educational and cultural opportunities for promising high school students from underresourced urban and rural schools. It encourages academic preparedness and personal growth through intensive summer immersions at Dartmouth as well as year-round mentoring by Dartmouth students, faculty, and staff. Students enrolled in the program come to...

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