Museums and Communities News
April/May 2014
Sensory Mornings, the Walters Art Museum's program for children with Sensory Processing Disorders and their families.  
Sensory Mornings was included in AAMD's Art Museum Autism programs roundup for April and in Next Practices in Art Museum Education, both profiled below.  
Image courtesy of the Walters Art Museum.

Following is our monthly roundup of stories demonstrating the myriad ways AAMD member museums serve their communities.  


AAMD museums - we want your stories! If you have a community program you would like to see featured in Museums and Communities news please contact Alison Wade.


Map of the Month

 University of Iowa Museum of Art

Iowa City, IA



AAMD's mapping project provides a vivid illustration of museums' reach across their communities.  Participation is free and available to all AAMD members, including museums in Mexico and Canada. If you are interested in having your museum services mapped please contact Andy Finch.


Next Practices in Art Museum Education

In April, AAMD released Next Practices in Art Museum Educationa compilation of information on AAMD member museums' innovative approaches to engaging the public with the arts through diverse learning opportunities. Next Practices incorporates 100 examples of the recent and ongoing educational programming that its member museums have designed and implemented. The resource underscores the many forms art museum education can take, and provides practical and inspiring ideas for future programming at institutions worldwide.  Download Next Practices in Art Museum Education here!



Autism Programs at AAMD Museums

April National Autism Awareness Month. Many AAMD museums offer special programs for children with autism and their families. 

Learn more about these programs on AAMD's website. 



Columbia Museum of Art Expands Access to Library Materials

The Columbia Museum of Art (CMA) and Richland Library are expanding their partnership to increase community access to a special collection of books about art history, exhibition catalogues and artist biographies. Gathered by Museum curators and given by donors since the founding of the Museum in 1950, the CMA's Lorick Library collection has been a non-circulating reference library that served primarily as a staff resource since 2001. Materials from the Lorick Library will be available for checkout for the first time at Richland Library, making them accessible for anyone in Richland County through the 11 Richland Library locations and its website. "This thriving partnership underscores the Columbia Museum of Art's deep commitment to accessibility and learning and...helps to bring new resources to the 400,000 citizens of Richland County and the Midlands," said CMA Executive Director Karen Brosius. More information is available at the CMA's website.



The Science of Art Conservation at the Michael C. Carlos Museum

The Michael C. Carlos Museum of Emory University has partnered with the Center for Science Education at Emory and Atlanta area teachers to create art conservation-based science education resources. High school science teacher Tiffany Smith and student intern Julia Commander (EC'13) worked with Carlos conservators Renée Stein and Kathryn Etre to develop science lab activities based on art conservation practices and paired with Georgia Performance Standards for chemistry and biology. More information is available on AAMD's website and at the program's microsite


Atlanta-area teachers explore art conservation-based science education resources at an Evening for Educators event at the Michael C. Carlos Museum on March 21, 2014. More information on the Carlos Museum's science education resources is above.
Image courtesy of the Michael C. Carlos Museum.

Surge Columbus: A Creative Circuit for Columbus, OH Youth
Surge Columbus is a collaborative of museums, libraries, and media organizations in Columbus, Ohio empowering teens to discover and pursue their learning interests outside of school by connecting them with mentors, digital and cultural resources, and each other. Surge includes two AAMD museums - Wexner Center for the Arts and the Columbus Museum of Art - as well as the Columbus Metropolitan Library, COSI Center of Science and Industry, and public radio station WOSU. Programs aim to connect area teenagers with the creative opportunities presented by Columbus' cultural institutions, from creating art installations to learning film editing and 3D printing. More information is available at the Surge Columbus website.
Westmoreland Museum of Art Community Day

On March 22, over 200 visitors attended the Westmoreland Museum of Art's semi-annual free Community Day at Westmoreland @rt 30, the museum's temporary location during its renovation and expansion. Visitors enjoyed conversations with artist/author Denise Fantazier, whose book Pittsburgh - The Port to the West details life in Colonial Pittsburgh. The Westmoreland Suzuki School of Music and the Hempfield Area High School Jazz Ensemble performed and there were other art making activities, a scavenger hunt, and refreshments. Pictures from this event are available at the Westmoreland's Facebook page.



School Arts Spectacular at the National Museum of Wildlife Art

On May 1 the National Museum of Wildlife Art celebrated young Wyoming artists at a School Arts Spectacular, which marked the opening both for the museum's annual School Arts Spectacular exhibition and a Young Illustrators exhibit, featuring books written and illustrated by local children. Two arts awards were also presented at the event. 9-year old Victoria Clancy received the Betty Nelson Artistic Promise Award  for the best Wyoming entry in the youngest K-3 age group of the Wyoming Federal Jr. Duck Stamp Competition. Children's book author/illustrator Peter Brown also received the 2014 Bull-Bransom Award for excellence in children's book illustration with a wildlife and nature focus, for his 2013 picture book Mr. Tiger Goes Wild.
The School Arts Spectacular exhibition includes works of art by Teton County School District #1 and Journeys School students. The theme for this year's School Arts Spectacular exhibition is "Species Parade" with work primarily consisting of puppets and masks,