The Wright Museum of Art is working to build stronger arts educational programs that benefit and serve the greater Beloit community as well as the College. Merrill Community Center, Boys and Girls Club, and Help Yourself are some of the local organizations that have brought children and teenagers into the museum to engage, wonder, and learn together about the art.
This fall, Carrie Hatcher ’13 will develop and run a variety of arts educational programs for our community partners as an Honors Term project. Carrie leads artsbased discussions called Visual Thinking Strategies at a local elementary school, supplementing the conversations with drawing and movement activities. She has also volunteered and worked in studio art classrooms at an arts integrated school and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. She will draw from her experiences and research to craft activities that will engage young ones with the art on multiple levels.
The programming may include such varied activities as story creation, kinesthetic engagements, guided discussion, and art making. Each community program and its activities will center around a current exhibit at the Wright Museum. Carrie hopes to include the campus in her programming by eliciting student help and involving departments. She is also interested in forming arts appreciation nights where everyone can join in the museum space for conversation and expression. All programming will be geared toward the Wright Museum’s mission of encouraging critical and creative thinking.
If you are interested in arts programming or Carrie’s project, contact her at: firstname.lastname@example.org.