Museum School is a learning path consisting of scaffolded experiences that begin with early childhood and extend through 12th grade and beyond. Building on basic methods of examining visual art, this program intends to cultivate a long-term relationship with students that results in the discovery of meaning through an active intellectual process. Students will also engage with aspects of a museum not typically available to tour groups, such as exhibition design, curating, interpreting for the public, and more!
Everyone has heard or read at some point that the arts are integral to student success, but until recently, very little real data has supported this concept. Students who participated in a 2013 formal study at the newly-opened Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas, however, displayed stronger critical thinking skills, higher levels of social tolerance, and greater historical empathy than their peers. In a climate of changing curriculum and testing methodology, allowing students the opportunity to participate in fun, engaging, and inquiry-based activities is necessary. Museum School provides the opportunity to contribute to what students know, believe, feel, and are capable of achieving.
Experiences in museums are non-linear and free-choice; knowledge acquisition becomes a continuous process over time and does not rely on recall of specific information. The museum experience becomes an emotional, invigorating experience in which students gain access to art history methodology, explore human emotions, learn about social history, provoke their own imaginations, and support their thinking with observation.
Group tours of Ogden Museum are always free for Orleans and Jefferson Parish Public Schools, and all Louisiana Residents can enjoy free admission every Thursday. Art activities in this program are also available free of charge. Bus funds are available by application with support from the MaggieGeorge Foundation.
From Pre-K to 12th grade and beyond, Museum School offers stimulating discourse and facilitation that develops perception ability no matter what grade level. In an increasingly visual world, the Museum School aims to provide students with a framework for developing critical abilities and discovering meaning in visual objects at any age.