In 2019, the Missoula Art Museum teamed up with Inspired Classroom, a local education-tech company. Together they launched Museum as Megaphone, a free distance-learning platform that allows teachers and students to visit the museum virtually from their classrooms. Modeled after the successful Fifth Grade Art Experience (FGAE) program, Museum as Megaphone includes gallery tours, engaging discussions, and a hands-on art-making activity. Click here to watch a video of the soft launch of this program with a school from St. Ignatius, Montana. The live day launch was on February 10, 2020, and served over 150 students from 7 schools across the state, some as far as the Fort Peck Indian Reservation.
In the wake of rapid school closures due to the coronavirus and the need for social distancing, the education team at MAM quickly modified the curriculum to an "on demand" format where users can log on and access the content for free, whenever they like. Click here to learn about how to access this program.
The platform includes video tours of the building and galleries, high-resolution images, history of the museum, easy to understand curricula about contemporary art, and a hands-on art-making guide. Megaphone offers professional-grade resources to bring the work of three artists into your home – all for free!
The content meets national and state standards in four areas: visual art, language arts, social studies, and Indian Education for All (IEFA). Modeled after the 34th year of FGAE, the pilot season of Museum as Megaphone focuses on 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 Native American artists and providing access to rural and tribal communities.