DISTANCE AND REMOTE LEARNING
In mid-March, MAM closed its doors in response to the COVID-19 crisis. Given the uncertainty of when the museum would re-open, the education team focused its energy to quickly and compassionately respond to the needs of the community. Since the community cannot physically come to MAM, we will bring contemporary art to the community, all for FREE!
Below please find information and instructions about how to access various online courses and curricula for educators and caregivers, printable worksheets for kids and families, and virtual engagement opportunities for teens.
The recently installed exhibition, Love Letters to the Collection, is uniquely suited for virtual participation, especially for rural and Tribal communities. The education team updates this platform as new selections are added to the exhibit, in addition to information about artists and selectors, artist videos, and art-making opportunities. Using the popular platform Teachable, Love Letters on Demand engages audiences near and far in MAM's effort to decolonize its Contemporary American Indian Art Collection (CAIAC).
MAM is supporting teachers, parents, and caregivers with this user-friendly curriculum, which is easily adapted for all grade levels and allows MAM staff to connect students and teachers to this show. Participants are invited to write a love letter, poem, song, or even a rap about the artworks featured in the CAIAC. This platform is open to all audiences served at MAM, giving them an opportunity to stay connected to the museum and access the permanent collection while the museum is closed. Free (as always!) and open to all ages, including young adults and teens.
Museum as Megaphone On Demand in partnership with Inspired Classroom
When we launched the Museum as Megaphone program earlier this year to rural and Tribal schools in Montana (some as far away as Fort Peck, Miles City, and the Crow Agency) we had no way of knowing how relevant it would be just a few weeks later during the global pandemic. Originally conceived as a free distance-learning program for rural and Tribal schools to access MAM’s Fifth Grade Art Experience, the education team at MAM quickly modified the curriculum to an “On Demand” format, and it is now a free resource available to parents, teachers, and caretakers who are hungry to integrate art and creativity into their remote schooling statewide.
Museum as Megaphone On Demand satisfies both national and state standards in four areas: visual art, language arts, social studies, and Indian Education for All (IEFA). The platform, hosted by Missoula-based company Inspired Classroom includes video tours, artist interviews, a guide for an at-home artmaking project, and Instagram sharing page, and other resources to engage with the art of Indigenous artists Rick Bartow (Mad River Band Wiyot) and Lillian Pitt (Wasco, Warm Springs, Yakama). This focus is rooted in the museum’s commitment to exhibiting contemporary American Indian artists and providing access to rural and tribal communities. Megaphone offers professional-grade resources to bring the work of three artists into your home – all for free!
In just three weeks since the launch, and by partnering Office of Public Instruction (OPI) and Inspired Classroom to help us reach teachers throughout Montana, this On Demand platform is now being utilized by over 20 teachers, 52 teams, and over 450 students!
In addition to these two distance learning programs, we made a commitment to roll out weekly virtual learning opportunities and continue to host them post-pandemic. Our quick pivot to make online art learning a primary to reach kids, teens, adults, and families, in addition to supporting the parents, teachers, and caregivers being charged with educating remotely, has already proven to be successful. MAM’s educational philosophy remains true and relevant now: connecting the public with art and artists is essential wellness work. We strive to remove all barriers to access by providing free admission, classes and workshops, public programming and other creative offerings, as well as adapting to the needs of those we serve. Here are some other resources:
We also recommend referring to SPARK! Arts growing list of online resources to bring the arts into your home while schools, museums, and libraries are closed.
TRAINING AND PROFESSIONAL DEVELOPMENT
MAM offers trainings for teachers, teaching artists, and art guides. These hands-on workshops will connect with the core values and mission of MAM and share best practices in the field of art education. This cycle will focus on the respectful exploration of our dedicated Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. Email Jenny Bevill, educator and outreach specialist at [email protected] for more information or to RSVP for upcoming trainings.
Tuesday, June 16 from 6-7 PM - IEFA webinar with Mike Jetty from the Office of Public Instruction.
BECOME A PART OF THE FIFTH GRADE ART EXPERIENCE (FGAE)
Each weekday from October through January, hundreds of fifth-graders from Missoula County Public Schools and beyond spend first three hours of their day at MAM interacting with one of the seasonal exhibitions at MAM. Following gallery tours and an art-making project, the classes then move onto the local public library to sign up for a library card. Inquiry-based gallery activites encourage self-engagement and self-discovery, which are at the core of MAM's educational philosophy.
The most recent session, the 34th year, focused on Rick Bartow: Things You Know But Cannot Explain. The 2019-2020 year of FGAE served over 1,500 fifth graders from five counties in northwestern Montana. This program is free and is generously supported by the Art Associates of Missoula.
Read more about previous years in this 2017 article from the Missoulian.
If you are interested in scheduling a fifth-grade tour, please contact Jenny Bevill, educator and outreach specialist.
Montana Treasures: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Rudy Autio
MAM now has a broad assortment of online cross-curriculum lesson plans and activities associated with two premiere artists from the MAM Permanent Collection: Jaune Quick-to-See Smith and Rudy Autio. Please feel free to use any of these materials, which will enrich and guide your students in a greater understanding of Montana culture and its artistic legacy.