During the 2018-2019 school year, over 300 Turner Elementary kindergarten, first, second, and third grade students and students with Medical and Educational Support Needs participated in the Art Links to Learning: Museum-in-Residence program. In the classroom and in the galleries at the Phillips, teachers and museum educators connected works of art in the museum’s permanent collection to themes/subject area such as math and English language arts.
Art Links to Learning is The Phillips Collection’s portfolio of educational programs for District of Columbia Public and Public Charter Schools (DCPS and DCPCS). To meet our community’s need for more productive teaching and learning, the Phillips has developed innovative methods that have been shown to increase student engagement and understanding and enhance teaching. Art Links programs weave visual arts education with other core subject areas such as language arts, social studies, and science, while helping students develop 21st-century skills, including critical thinking and problem solving.
Art Links is designed to adapt to the needs of individual school communities, educators, and learners. The Museum-in-Residence program is a multiple-visit museum school partnership that includes professional development for teachers, pre- and post-visit in-classroom workshops, a museum visit, and an exhibition of student’s arts-integrated projects at the Phillips. Phillips educators also provide ongoing one-on-one coaching for teachers on arts integration throughout the school year. Through the Museum-in-Residence program, teachers and Phillips educators collaborate to create arts-integrated lessons that connect the classroom curricula to the museum’s collection.