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Learning through art at the Guggenheim.

Founded in 1970 to provide a better education for public school children in the metropolitan area, Learning Through Art: The Guggenheim Museum Children's Program brings a creative approach to improving reading achievement. Art is used as a motivational strategy for learning by professional artists working in the schools with teachers and students. Instruction takes place in workshops primarily for the elementary school level.

Although New York City's school children live in a cultural mecca, many never visit museums. Each Learning Through Art workshop, therefore, includes an activity related to the Guggenheim Museum or other cultural institutions. The program offers teacher training and the development of art teaching models for schools.

Learning Through Art especially aids those students who score low in language skills and are reading and writing below the national average. The workshops are designed for children in need of innovative, creative outlets to keep them actively involved in school. Last year over 2,500 students participated in thirty-three workshops and related activities.

During the school year, professional artists work closely with selected teachers in the participating schools and together they run the workshops. Using their individual or group art projects for inspiration, students are encouraged to express their feelings about their work in writing. A Year With Children, an exhibition held annually at the Guggenheim, features children's artwork and writing from the workshops. The show provides an important focus for the arts education community. It was viewed last year by more than 80,000 visitors.

In 1974, Learning Through Art was cited by the National Right to Read Effort as one of twelve exemplary elementary reading programs in the United States. A 1986 Encore Arts Award was presented to the organization by the Arts and Business Council for outstanding service to New York City and its people.
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Title Annotation:Showcase; Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
Publication:School Arts
Date:Feb 1, 1990
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