The Hofstra University Museum of Art will receive the 2019 Engaging Communities Award from the Museum Association of New York. The honor, to be given this spring at the Museum Association’s annual conference in Cooperstown, New York recognizes an institution that employs creative methods to engage the community and build new audiences. The Hofstra University Museum of Art is being honored for its elementary school program Art Travelers through Time: Literacy and History through Art.
Since its inception in 2008, Art Travelers has provided thousands of elementary school students and their teachers the opportunity to visit Hofstra and view authentic cultural objects from the Museum’s large and diverse collections. They are then able to connect these objects with their classroom studies of “Communities around the World.” Activities like Art Travelers engage students in creative thinking processes and reinforce classroom learning.
Art Travelers was developed collaboratively with museum and classroom educators, and it correlates to the New York State Learning Standards in the Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Language Arts. Hofstra Museum educators complement the class visits by going into the schools to meet with the students before and after their trips to Hofstra. There are currently partnerships with the following school districts: Baldwin, Freeport, Hempstead, Rockville Centre, Roosevelt, Uniondale, Westbury, West Hempstead, and the Long Island School for the Gifted (South Huntington).
According to Director Nancy Richner, “We are extremely proud that our Art Travelers program is being honored with the Engaging Communities Award. Art Travelers has been guided by teachers’ counsel, experiences, and wishes for their students. We thank our partners who have worked with us to make Art Travelers a memorable and meaningful experience for young people who have visited the Museum and the University.”
The Museum Association of New York is a non-profit organization that provides resources, training and expertise to New York’s heritage organizations, and museums, thereby strengthening their capacity to better serve their communities and meet their institutional missions.
For more information about the exhibit and associated public programs, call (516) 463-5672 or visit the Hofstra University Museum of Art website.
The Hofstra University Museum of Art has been awarded the highest honor a museum can receive, continued accreditation by the American Alliance of Museums (AAM). Approximately 3% of museums nationwide have earned this distinguished recognition. Accreditation certifies that the Hofstra University Museum operates according to professional standards, manages its collections responsibly and provides quality service to the public.