Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art hosted the second Distance Learning Summit: Art Museums and Educational Innovation on November 1 – 3, 2015.
The Summit was an opportunity for art museum educators, technology and media specialists, K-12 reformers, and educational entrepreneurs to come together to answer the following:
- How can art museums ensure that all students have access to high-quality, meaningful, and personalized arts education?
- How can art museums have a more direct and central role in the education of the nation’s students and beyond?
- How can art museums partner with educational entrepreneurs to create models that are sustainable and scalable?
The program began with an opening presentation on the process Crystal Bridges undertook to increase access to high-quality arts courses for high school students. With a focus on reaching rural districts and regions that have less access to specialists and electives, Crystal Bridges determined that developing a for-credit online course could have substantial and meaningful impact in the career of high school students across the region and nation. This talk focused on the conception, development, implementation, and distribution of the endeavor.
During the working session, participants learned about current trends in digital collections, K-12 policy and reform, and educational entrepreneurship. To inspire art museums to think in new ways, the Distance Learning Summit kicked off with Keynote Lectures.
We are now compiling information from the Summit to share in the form of a digital whitepaper. That resource will be available at this website in early Summer, 2016.