Art Travelers is geared toward third graders in schools in diverse districts throughout Nassau County. The program is often the students’ first visit to an art museum and/or to a university campus. Participating districts and schools include Baldwin, Freeport, Hempstead, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Westbury, West Hempstead and the Long Island School for the Gifted.
Students develop and use skills from many disciplines as they learn about history and culture related to their study of artifacts from the Museum’s permanent collections.
The Art Travelers program was designed to offer experiential learning opportunities to local students, including those from less advantaged school districts. The Hofstra University Museum’s rich collections are unique on Long Island with more than 5,000 authentic cultural objects spanning 1,500 years of human endeavor from the ancient to the contemporary.
Museum Director Nancy Richner said, “This grant makes it possible for students from many backgrounds to engage in the thrill of learning. They engage in museum activities that use artifacts to demonstrate how their lives are connected to the lives and cultures of others. When their curiosity is provoked, students naturally want to dig deeper, discover more and understand better. They become transformed as learners and participants in the world.
“The Hofstra University Museum thanks the Long Island Community Foundation for its support of Arts Travelers and allowing us to continue and grow our school partnerships.”