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 respectful exploration of our dedicated Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. Email Jenny Bevill, Educator/Coordinator, for more information or to RSVP for upcoming trainings.
Explore the Seven Essential Understandings of Indian Education for All
February 11, 1–3 PM, Two PIR credit offered
MAM’s education team is committed to offering on-going quality enrichment for classroom teachers and teaching artists. The winter cycle will focus on our teaching and learning in our dedicated Lynda M. Frost Contemporary American Indian Art Gallery. Connecting with the Essential Understandings of Indian Education for All (IEFA), we will explore Bently Spang’s FIRE/WATER installation, on view through April 20. We will touch on issues of water use and climate change, as well as language and vocabulary, appreciation versus appropriation, and creating space to amplify Native voices. Teachers of all grade levels and disciplines are welcome.
For Art Guides and Education Volunteers
Tuesdays 3:30–5 PM // January 15, February 19, March 19, April 23
Do you love sharing art with others? Are you interested in leading tours of museum exhibitions for all ages and joining our stellar group of beloved volunteers? MAM’s education team will provide you with the necessary tools, skills, and practice to generate discussion and deepen the viewing experience for everyone. Four trainings will be offered, and all are appropriate for both new and returning Art Guides. Training includes an orientation to MAM’s inquiry-based interpretive strategy, as well as an in-depth look at exhibitions. To lead tours at MAM you must attend at least one training and shadow one tour. Art guides are valued volunteers and receive a free membership for working six or more hours a year. Membership includes a 10 percent discount on classes, workshops, and bookstore purchases, as well as special invitations to members-only events.
Are you an art teacher or an art enthusiast who is interested in getting more involved in art education at MAM? Contact Educator/Coordinator Jenny Bevill for more information.
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 will spend the first three hours of their day at MAM interfacing with Cathy Weber's exhibition, Understory/Overstory, and then create their very own bird sculpture project using air dry clay. The opportunity to work directly with Cathy Weber will impact students on a deeper level, connecting them directly to her artistic process, her creative problem-solving complexities, and the inspirations and challenges that she and most artists encounter when making art. Learn more about the artist in this video produced by Slikati Photo + Video.
If you are interested in scheduling a fifth grade tour please contact Jenny Bevill, Educator/Coordinator.
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.