Through partnerships with public schools and non-profit organizations, NURTUREart’s Education Outreach Program connects underserved students with their artistic communities. Our programs teach visual art while promoting life skills such as responsibility, communication, innovation, leadership, and critical thinking.
Education Outreach Programs
In-School Artist Residencies
NURTUREart sends practicing artists into public schools for a series of in-school sessions with students grades 2-12. Through close collaboration with public school teachers, the artist-in-residence uses project-based learning to introduce professional materials and techniques while incorporating curriculum content. Residencies also include separate professional development workshops for the teachers, that foster continued arts integration as part of student learning. Across all projects, we aim to provide students with an outlet for creative expression, an introduction to the professional sphere of the arts, and increased confidence in their own capabilities.
Project Curate gives advanced high school students the opportunity to experience the entire curatorial process: exposure to contemporary art, conceptualizing a theme, selecting artwork, writing a curatorial statement, art handling, exhibition design and installation, writing a press release, and preparing for a successful opening reception at NURTUREart Gallery. The student-curators are guided by a professional curator, meeting weekly more than 20 times throughout the school year. Through studio visits with artists and field trips to studios, galleries, and museums, students are exposed to meet a variety of arts professionals and learn about potential careers in the arts.
This year, students are collaborating with curator and artist, Adam Parker Smith. Past Project Curate exhibitions and curators have included: #ArtistsBeLike (2014) with Loney Abrams, The Indifference of Wisdom (2013) with Julian Jimarez Howard, Juxtacombo (2012) with Christina Vassallo, Blood, Sweat, and Tears (2011) with Krista Saunders.
Books for Trek
Books for Trek is a collaborative program with buildOn, an organization that engages high schools students in community service and global education. Students of buildOn collaborate with a visual artist to create bilingual books to be distributed during their biannual service trip to a developing country, including Mali and Nicaragua. During weekend workshops, students design and illustrate a book, while learning about culture and language of the country. Professional printed, Books for Trek are donated to the children during their trip.
Visits to NURTUREart Gallery engage students of all ages in inquiry-based discussions and hands-on activities, while creating meaningful connections to goals and interests of the group . Students engage with artists and curators and participate in discourse on contemporary art . To schedule a visit, see contact information below.
In 2003, former Board Member Eliot Lable, a sculptor and educator, and Sarah Hervert Monteleone, then art teacher at Juan Morel Campos Secondary School, collaborated to produce what would be the first of many NURTUREart in-school programs. This program laid the groundwork for our future activities and what would become our basic programmatic model: working closely with school staff to develop arts education workshops in response to the school’s needs. In 2011, Education Director Molly O’Brien joined our staff. Under her leadership, the program expanded to include four schools and other community partners to serve almost 400 students. We have also introduced new forms of arts education programming including a gallery tour program for school groups and workshops for parents and teachers. Most recently we expanded our staff with the hiring of Education Coordinator Cody Rae Knue.
Interested in learning more? Email Molly O’Brien at email@example.com