How could a partnership work?
Since 2017, we have partnered with Brent Elementary School, Washington, D.C., to deliver arts-integrated programming to all second-graders. Students come to the museum to explore the collection, and our educators visit Brent to facilitate discussions and art-making. Collaborating with teachers to craft and co-teach lessons ensures these experiences meet English language arts and visual arts standards.
I am so thankful we’ve had the opportunity to work together for the past four years. NMWA educators are so thoughtful in planning and facilitating this portrait project with our second graders. It’s inspiring to be part of.”
Arts and Humanities for Every Student partnership
Since 2015, the museum has partnered with the DC Arts and Humanities Education Collaborative to offer Thinking Routine Thursday tours as part of its Arts and Humanities for Every Student (AHFES) initiative. This collaboration has strengthened connections between NMWA and Washington, D.C., public and public charter schools, enabling the museum to serve thousands of elementary and secondary students.
The [AHFES] tour and lesson gave lots of room for students to voice what they saw in artworks, make connections, and ask questions. The design of tour material places high value on kids’ thoughts and opinions…[and] was culturally relevant to my group, as well. SEL (Social Emotional Learning) skills were reinforced by creating a situation where discussion does not focus on right or wrong answers but on impressions, inferences, and questioning.”