The Education Department redefined its focus to more effectively reach families, college students, and diverse audiences. Newly created drop-in gallery programs provided interactive activities for all age groups. Participation peaked during the months of July and August (Free Summer), demonstrating our visitors’ desire to interact with the art in new ways.
A reinvigorated engagement of the colleges led to a wide range of exciting, interdisciplinary partnerships with Worcester State University, Worcester Polytechnic Institute, College of the Holy Cross, Clark University, Assumption College, and Anna Maria College.
For example, WSU students participated in docent training at the Museum to prepare for the fall exhibition [remastered]. This specialized training culminated with an internship in which students wrote exhibition labels, led tours and gallery activities, and developed and installed an interactive art exhibition in the Higgins Education Wing. Working with university students in this way is a new model for future university/museum partnerships in which the Museum serves as a center for ongoing student education and practice.
The Education Department also offered a vibrant and diverse lecture program for the focal exhibition, Kennedy to Kent State, including a symposium and a series of oral history videos featuring members of the community, created in collaboration with the Worcester Historical Museum.