Bringing Art To Students

Summit Addresses Distance Learning

Posted: July 11, 2013 at 5 a.m.

Brian Kisida with the University of Arkansas speaks Wednesday to attendees during dinner at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville. Crystal Bridges is hosting a group of educators from art museums and art organizations for a three-day summit this week on the future of museum educational outreach. Officials from Los Angeles to New York City will brainstorm and share successes and failures in creating and implementing distance learning programs.

Educators and art museum officials from across the country have gathered here this week to discuss how cultural institutions can expand their efforts to connect with students.

At A Glance

Free Field Trips

The Willard and Pat Walker Charitable Foundation announced in 2011 a $10 million donation establishing an endowment to pay all expenses for school field trips to the Crystal Bridges. Those expenses include everything from gasoline for the buses to lunches for the students. Student group tours take place between 9 and 11 each morning, before the museum opens to the public. The longest round-trip any school group has made to Crystal Bridges is 720 miles, said Anne Kraybill, distance learning programs manager at Crystal Bridges.

Source: Staff Report

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