The Hofstra University Museum of Art is a finalist for a Long Island Imagine Award, an honor that recognizes the region’s most effective and innovative nonprofit organizations. The awards, now in their seventh year, will be announced at a gala at Crest Hollow Country Club on April 30. Hofstra University Museum of Art is one of four nominees in the Arts & Culture category for its Art Travelers Through Time program.
Art Travelers, begun in 2008, 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.
The program was developed collaboratively with museum and local 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).
The Hofstra University Museum of Art is a dynamic learning and teaching resource serving both the University community as well as the larger Long Island community. The Museum features exhibitions and collections that cross time periods and cultures and that serve as a springboard for thought-provoking discussions and programs.
Museum Director Nancy Richner said, “Art Travelers makes it possible for students from many backgrounds to engage in the thrill of learning. They study of works of art from cultures around the world, connecting the stories of others to their own lives. When young people’s curiosity is provoked, they naturally want to dig deeper, discover more, and understand better. They become transformed as learners and participants in the world.”
Finalists were chosen by Long Island business professionals during preliminary judging. Members of the Awards’ Distinguished Judging Panel select the Imagine Awards winners.
“Being named a finalist in The Long Island Imagine Awards is an important achievement,” said Ken Cerini, founder of the Long Island Imagine Awards. “It means that the organization has been identified as a leader on Long Island, exhibiting impactful and innovative operations.”