deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

Lincoln, MA
Lincoln Nursery School's Studio Red talking with artist Claire Ashley about her installation of 
thingtwo in the Museum.

Image courtesy of of Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum

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Brave Hearts at Munson-Williams-Proctor Art Institute
Balloon release on the front steps of the Museum of Art at the end of the Brave Hearts bereavement program. 

Image courtesy of Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute
On August 6, 2015, Munson-Williams-Proctor Arts Institute in Utica, NY, and Hospice & Palliative Care partnered to provide Brave Hearts, a bereavement program for children ages 6 to 12 who have experienced the death of a loved one.

The day-long program included activities such as a rhythm-making session with a certified drum therapy musician; an obstacle course where children learned that grief has obstacles that they have to overcome to adjust to their loss; art-making; and interactive tours of the museum.

At the end of the day, parents and guardians re-joined the children on the front steps of the Museum of Art to release balloons carrying messages of love, hope, and renewal. 

Preschools at deCordova & Indianapolis Museums
Lincoln Nursery School's Studio Red is invited to get a handle on the installation of Orly Genger's Red, Yellow, Blue rope sculpture in the Sculpture Park. 

  Image courtesy of Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum
Can you imagine going to preschool in an art museum? Two AAMD museums, the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum and the Indianapolis Museum of Art, both have preschools on their campuses.

Lincoln Nursery School has been housed at the deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum since 2012. LNS students have behind-the-scenes access to the museum's 30-acre campus including a museum and sculpture park. 

The Indianapolis Museum of Art has partnered with St. Mary's Child Center to start a preschool pilot program at the museum, modeled on deCordova and LNS' partnership. The program's goal is to support half of the students with full scholarships subsidized through grants and/or voucher support. Additionally, IMA will also provide free memberships to students and their families for one year. 

Both art museum preschools are based on the Reggio Emilia, an experiential approach to early childhood learning that began in Reggio Emilia in Northern Italy. 

At Yale Center for British Art, A Collaborative Mosaic
A collaborative mosaic created by students with social and developmental disabilities and Yale Center for British Art educators and docents was exhibited at a symposium at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of American Art. 

Yale Center for British Art Docents and Jaime Ursic, Assistant Curator of Education collaborated with students in Chapel Haven's Residential Education at Chapel Haven (REACH) program to create a mosaic (pictured) inspired by visitors looking at  Zebra by George Stubbs. The mosaic, made from crayons, was created for the 2015 Connecticut Art Docent Network's Symposium: Art for All Showcase of Ideas Poster Session at the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art on May 11, 2015. The symposium's theme, Art for All, explored what docents could learn about art and teaching to help make museums a place where all visitors are made to feel welcome, included, and engaged. 

The Yale Center for British Art's "Out to Art" program provides Chapel Haven students ages 18 and older with a wide range of gallery and art activities that are designed to promote communication skills, theory of mind, memory and interpersonal connections. Chapel Haven is committed to providing a lifelong program of individualized support services for adults with developmental and social disabilities, enabling them to live independent and productive lives.

How do you serve your military community?
Corning Museum of Glass
Corning, NY
Veterans' Glassblowing Day
Chrysler Museum of Art
Norfolk, VA
88 Sailors from the Navy Aircraft Carrier USS Abraham Lincoln toured the museum

We're looking for examples of how AAMD members serve active military and veterans for the November edition of Museums & Communities News! 

Art Matters: Med Students at The Frick Collection
Why Should Art Matter in Medical Education? Columbia Medical Students Explore Art and Narrative Forms
View a slide show of photos taken at Art Matters at The Frick Collection by Amelia Panico.
Art Matters is a collaboration between Columbia University's College of Physicians and Surgeons
 and the Frick Collection that brings first-year medical students to the museum for a night of art education, food, and socializing. 

The program is part of the College of Physicians and Surgeons (P&S) narrative medicine seminar requirement, which uses various art forms, from visual art to literature and dance, to enhance students' care-giving, problem-solving, and disagnostic skills. 

"Medical practice is about interpreting very complex and nuanced details-the same way you'd interpret a piece of art," says Art Matters co-founder Deepthiman Gowda, MD, associate professor of medicine and director of clinical practice in the Program in Narrative Medicine. "It requires an ability to deal with ambiguity and uncertainty. Creativity is an essential part of being a clinician."

Healing Through Art at The Barnes Foundation
In August, four young women from theVillage, a residential treatment facility in Rosemont, PA, had the opportunity to visit The Barnes Foundation
for the first time.

The young women are at theVillage to help them recover from physical, sexual, and other types of abuse. Their treatment tincludes art therapy, which was particularly successful and impactful for this group.  

Following a tour of the collection the women had a chance to create art of their own.

Free Admission for SC Flood First Responders
Through November 30, the Columbia Museum of Art is offering free admission for first responders and their families following the devastating floods in their city in October.

The CMA did not flood but many in Columbia, SC were not so lucky. We are delighted that the Museum is giving back to first responders!

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