The Hofstra University Museum of Art’s Art Travelers Through Time program has been awarded a $30,000 Art Works grant from the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA). This is the NEA’s second major grant announcement of fiscal year 2019, and these awards continue the organization’s commitment as the only arts funder reaching the entire country. Art Works is the NEA’s principal grantmaking program, and the Hofstra University Museum of Art received one of 62 museum grants.
“These awards, reaching every corner of the United States, are a testament to the artistic richness and diversity in our country,” said Mary Anne Carter, acting chairman of the NEA. “Organizations such as the Hofstra University Museum of Art are giving people in their community the opportunity to learn, create, and be inspired.”
Art Travelers, started 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).
For more information about Art Travelers and associated public programs, call (516) 463-5672.