Collaborations: MAG and School #23

Collaborations

Works by students from Francis Parker Elementary School #23
in classes at MAG

April 24–May 10, 2014 in the Lucy Burne Gallery

Recently, Francis Parker School #23 was one of five schools in the Rochester City School District chosen to move forward with expanded calendars for school year 2013–14 as part of a national initiative. As one of the school’s cultural partners, the Memorial Art Gallery offered in-gallery and hands-on learning experiences to every 1st–6th grader.

school23-marleneEvery Friday for ten consecutive weeks (with some rescheduling for very cold, wintry days), these students walked over from the Barrington Street school and spent an hour and a half at MAG. While here, they, their teachers and occasionally some parents ventured into the galleries with museum educators to explore specific works of art and make deep curriculum connections.

school23-thankyouStudents then went into the Creative Workshop, where with the guidance of specially trained teaching artists Rose Van Tyne and Eddie Davis III they alternated weeks of working with clay and working on 2-D and 3-D projects. The resulting artwork is the core of this exhibition.

By working together with classroom teachers and employing a multi-tiered approach to looking at, thinking about, and making art, we believe we have designed a program that makes wonderful use of the expanded school day. Visit the show and we think you will agree!

The TIME (Time for Innovation Matters in Education) Collaborative is a partnership between the Ford Foundation and the National Center on Time & Learning that focuses on developing high-quality and sustainable expanded learning time in schools.

The Gallery’s partnership with School 23 was made possible with support from Mr. & Mrs. William Cherry, with additional support from The Anne West Bruning Creative Workshop Fund.