Frick Art & Historical Center
Program: ArtSLAM, Partner: Summer Dreamers Academy
ArtSLAM is an intensive summer program for public middle school students developed by the Frick Art and Historical Center in partnership with the Pittsburgh Public School District. It blends educational and creative experiences to help students retain school-year learning and build self-esteem. Students write in journals and experiment with new media in response to the museum’s collection, building literacy skills while translating their own ideas into works of art. Students work both individually and collaboratively to create installations throughout the Center. ArtSLAM has had a strong impact on student learning and museum literacy. Through extensive evaluation, the Frick Art and Historical Center and Pittsburgh Public Schools learned that participating students experienced less summer learning loss than non-attendees. Some students were accepted into performing arts high schools with portfolios created through ArtSLAM. These artworks are from the 2011 program’s culminating exhibition.
To hear Susan Bales, Assistant Curator of Education at the Frick Art and Historical Center, discuss this program, access the free Guide by Cell audio tour: call 202-595-1193 and dial #5.