The cost of participation in the Whitney Museum's Classroom Collaborative Program for twenty students and three adults is $428, including <a target="new" href="http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm" onclick="g_openWindow('http://www.donorschoose.org/html/fulfillment.htm', 300, 800, 'fulfillwindow');return false;">fulfillment</a>.
At times it seems that the gap in New York City between the "haves" and the "have-nots" is more like a chasm. Things that most New Yorkers take for granted--like movies, theater, live music, sporting events, and museums--are often beyond the reach of my students in the South Bronx. I make it my business every year to try and bridge that chasm as often as possible. My goal is to allow every child to have the opportunity to experience as many different cultural riches as the school year permits. Art is one area that is easily overlooked. Gone are the days of the once or twice weekly art class. While it is understandable that teachers must focus on the "Three Rs," it is still a shame that art, which so many kids enjoy, does not have a regular place in the curriculum. Throughout the year I try to integrate art projects and activities into my lessons when time and subject matters permit. One particularly rewarding aspect of any art activity is that often some of the academically weaker students prove to be among the most gifted artistically. There is a program at the Whitney Museum of American Art that combines the two key components of any art curriculum: seeing and doing. The program, called "Classroom Collaborative," involves three phases. First a Whitney educator visits the classroom and presents a slide show and discussion program relating art to the classroom curriculum. In the second part the class visits the museum to experience a variety of thematic artworks firsthand (most of my students have never been to an art museum). In the third part of the program, the Whitney educator returns to the school with an additional slide presentation and a hands-on art activity. I recently had a chance to meet with the coordinator of school programs at the Whitney, and we both agreed that this is a terrific introduction to the art/museum experience for second graders. I am hoping to develop a curriculum that will incorporate not only works from the Whitney's permanent collection but also some pieces from the current show by the artist Tim Hawkinson, whose lively and imaginative work will, I believe, be particularly fascinating to younger elementary students. The cost of the "Classroom Collaborative" program is very reasonble. It is an excellent value for what I believe will be a worthwhile and memorable experience for my students. Thank you for taking the time to read this proposal.
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(Three Part Classroom Collaborative Program at The Whitney Museum of American Art)
|20 students, 3-4 adults||$325.00|
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