Museum on the Move
Sixth graders from Broward County schools are taking part in Museum on the Move, an innovative new education program. The program enhances learning and increases engagement with the arts by involving students in stimulating tours of the museum’s exhibitions and collections, and hands-on art activities based on principles of STEAM (science, technology, art, engineering, math) and 21st Century learning skills.
The Museum on the Move program for Broward County Public Schools currently serves 3,000 sixth graders and was recently launched with funds from the Lillian S. Wells Foundation Inc., Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation, The Related Group, Beaux Arts, Community Foundation of Broward, Charles F. and Esther M. Frye Foundation, PNC Foundation and Friends of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale. The Joseph & Winifred Amaturo Foundation, Inc. expanded the program to include Broward County Catholic schools with a generous gift that enables 750 Catholic school sixth graders to participate.
“Thanks to the generous support of our donors, students from Broward County now have exceptional opportunities to enhance their learning with the Museum on the Move program,” said Bonnie Clearwater, NSU Art Museum Director and Chief Curator. “Studies have shown that arts education plays a vital role in the future of our young people. Exposure to the arts has been proven to improve academic performance as well as necessary skills such as critical thinking and communication.”
During their visit, students participate in visually stimulating educational experiences that for many are often a first introduction to an art museum. Students take part in interactive tours that develop skills such as critical thinking and problem solving, observation, interpretation, communication and teamwork. In-depth discussions explore historical and contemporary subjects and cultures, and concepts such as color, composition, light and space. Through the viewing of artworks, students learn to recognize and distinguish between mediums and materials and formulate their own critical analyses as they learn about the artistic process and how different elements function together to express ideas and emotions, and solve visual dilemmas and realize artists’ intentions.
Educators introduce students to visual thinking strategies that encourage them to express their reactions to what they see, and provide a new vocabulary through which they can assess artworks through their own and the artists’ perspectives. Museum-produced educator guides connecting exhibitions to Education Standards are provided to teachers in advance of their students’ visit.
Museum on the Move is currently the only program of its kind in Broward County. The program is expected to expand in 2017.
Major funding for Museum on the Move is provided by The Jerry Taylor & Nancy Bryant Foundation, The Amaturo Family Foundation, Inc., Lillian S. Wells Foundation Inc., David and Susan Samrick Foundation, Wege Foundation, Beaux Arts, BBX Capital Foundation, Charles F. and Esther M. Frye Foundation, PNC Foundation, Friends of NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale, and The Kapila Family Foundation.
Exhibitions and programs at NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale are made possible in part by a challenge grant from the David and Francie Horvitz Family Foundation. Funding is also provided by Nova Southeastern University, the Broward County Board of County Commissioners as recommended by the Broward Cultural Council and Greater Fort Lauderdale Convention & Visitors Bureau, and the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.
Museum on the Move 2016-17
Application for FREE field trips for 6th graders in Broward County Public Schools!
Middle School Students in Broward County Schools.
Dates Available: October 2017-June 2018, Tuesday-Friday only.
Times: 11am – 5pm; tour length is 90 minutes.
Group size: minimum 25/maximum 100 (split into groups of 15-25).
School must provide 1 chaperone per every 10 students.
NOTE: Cancellation with less than 2 weeks’ notice/no-shows will be billed for buses.