Monthly Archives: April 2015

Next-Generation Learning: Asking Around

11154961_10205774211545734_262573898902355917_oOur last blog post about the NCMA’s planning grant from IMLS introduced our guiding question: What is the unique role of art museums in supporting tomorrow’s learners in North Carolina and beyond? To develop an audience-based needs assessment, the project team had many conversations with groups identified as stakeholders in the planning process. The discussions revolved around four main themes: trends in education and museums, change, educator and student needs, and the museum’s role._DSC1695

Our stakeholders included:

  • Collaborative Planning Team members (12 educators and administrators from across the state who meet quarterly)
  • NCMA Education staff
  • NCMA Board of Trustees Education Committee
  • NCMA staff members from the curatorial, marketing and communications, visitor services, performing arts, and planning and design departments
  • Representatives from the North Carolina Arts Council, Arts North Carolina, and the Department of Public Instruction
  • NCMA docents
  • Educators participating in an #NCed twitter chat.

Questions posed:

  • What trends in education (schools/museums) have you seen in the past five years that will have lasting impact?
  • What do you think will be the most powerful change in classrooms/museums in the next five years?
  • What are the growing needs of educators and students across the state?
  • What is the role of the art museum in the state?

We’ll share the results from these conversations in our next post.

The Museum’s Role in Next-Generation Learning

Design-ProcessSTEMAre you interested in current trends in education and how they will change the design of learning spaces, the way students access content and show what they know, and how educators will connect with others and grow their practice? We are, too!

In September 2014, the North Carolina Museum of Art’s Education Department received a grant from IMLS to spend two years collaborating with educators, students, and a national panel of experts to investigate the question: What is the unique role of art museums in supporting tomorrow’s learners in North Carolina and beyond?

To answer this question, the project team will experiment with a STEM-based[1] and art-infused design process to first identify questions, challenges, needs, or gaps among key audiences and within the existing research and literature, and then, based on those findings, plan, prototype, and refine a scalable menu of collection-based programs and resources designed to deepen learning across the disciplines for prekindergarten to college students and teachers.

We and our Collaborative Planning Team will keep you up to date with our findings as we move through the design process, and we’ll keep you informed of opportunities to be involved with discussions and experiences connected to the grant.

[1] STEM is an acronym for the fields of study in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.