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Art & Art Education
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Projects and Collaborations
The Art and Art Education Program maintains several projects and collaborations that are central to its mission of providing a challenging learning environment for students and faculty. These projects vary in opportunities offered and include research infrastructure support, resource development, community leadership initiatives, cultural communication and exchange programs, and international liaison.
Myers Projects and Publications
Thanks to the generous support of the Myers Foundations the Program in Art and Art Education has been able to sponsor a series of finely designed publications that extend our work more broadly throughout the art education community. In addition, with the support of Trust Funding we have been able to upgrade our Macy Art Gallery spaces, bring cutting-edge technology to our classrooms and develop the Myers New Media Studio. Publications have included Macy Art Gallery postcards and brochures, and a series of books, monographs and conference proceedings.
The Program established the Myers Art Competition in 2010; each year students are presented with a challenge to meet in their work and invited to submit the outcomes for jurying by a team of faculty, artists and students. Ten students are awarded prizes each year.
The Myers Lecture Series brings five or six artists, scholars, performers and international guests to Teachers College to share their work with our students.
Colonel Eugene Myers was a student at Columbia University just before World War II. He collaborated with Professor Edwin Ziegfeld on the development of his seminal text Art Today which was coauthored by Ray Faulkner and Gerald Hill.
Working with artists from the South Miami Arts Center, a group of Teachers College doctoral students is exploring the creation of a community/performance work that centers on the theme of The Kitchen. The project engages local restaurant workers, families, and children in a weeklong site-specific and participatory event. This project will be documented in all its phases and used for research and pedagogical purposes.
Graduate Research in Art Education
A collaboration between Teachers College and Pennsylvania State University that provides a forum for doctoral students in art education to discuss their research projects and explore with each other the questions and issues they raise.
TC/MICA Research Colloquium
An exchange of research interests among Master's students from Teachers College and The Maryland Institute College of Art.
Central Academy of Fine Arts, Beijing, China
The art and art education faculty of Teachers College have been collaborating with their counterparts at CAFA on the development of an Art Education Master's Program for Chinese students. As part of this collaboration, there has been an ongoing faculty exchange, Chinese students have shown their work in the Macy Art Gallery and American students have taken summer courses in China.
Beaconhouse University, Lahore, Pakistan
A new collaboration between TC/BU focusing on the development of a Master's in Education degree in art education for graduate students who hope to teach in the schools of Pakistan. As the collaboration develops we hope for faculty and student exchanges.
Haystack Mountain School of Crafts, Deer Isle, Maine
The Program has a long and rich relationship with Haystack. Students from the Program regularly attend materials-based courses during the summer sessions in Maine, successful completion of which count towards their degrees at Teachers College.
The Comic Book Project
The Comic Book project is a world-renowned literacy initiative that engages young people in writing, designing, and publishing original comic books leading to academic reinforcement, social awareness and character development. Founded in 2001 at Teachers College by Dr. Michael Bitz who maintains contact with the Art and Art Education Program through lectures and workshops on his work.
Community Ceramics Program & Community Studio Program
Rita Gold Early Childhood Center
The Center supports and promotes the growth and development of infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers and their families through inter-related learning practices and serves as an observational research site for Teachers College faculty and students. The Center integrates the visual arts fully within the flow of its curriculum and maintains close ties with the Program through weekly group visits to the Macy Art Gallery and the much praised exhibition of children’s art work created by the infants, toddlers and pre-schoolers each year.
The New York Historical Society
The Society has a mission to explore the history of New York and the nation through art and history exhibitions and public programs serving as a collective memory for New York in particular and helping to enlighten appreciation of the world as it is today. The Program works closely with the Society; it has collaborated on the exhibition Pioneering Education: Celebrating 125 Years of Innovation in Learning and students from the program routinely represent the Society through the participatory work they do in schools.
The Heritage School
The Heritage School, founded in 1996, is a partnership between the New York City Department of Education and Teachers College, Columbia University. Called one of the "most successful" small schools to have opened in NYC in the past ten years by InsideSchools.org, Heritage is a non-selective public school offering a comprehensive curriculum of learning that includes the arts.
Working with Museums
We are fortunate to be in New York City, where we enjoy collaborating with a range of world-class museums. Some of our more experienced students work as educators and administrators in the education departments of museums across the city, while others secure internships that introduce them to work in the field. In partnership with museums and museum professionals, we organize symposia and conferences on a variety of pertinent issues. As well, we offer a Museum Education concentration, and a series of museum-based, semester-long courses, taught by scholars and professionals in the field.
A trademark of our Program is the TC/Whitney Fellowship, a competitive research fellowship at the Whitney Museum of American Art, which is awarded to an Art and Art Education student every school year. Our Program, faculty, and students have also collaborated with the Metropolitan Museum of Art, the Museum of Modern Art (MoMA), the Guggenheim Museum, el Museo del Barrio, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Museum of Art and Design, the Cloisters, the Queens Museum of Art, and the Noguchi Museum, among others.
The Program in Art and Art Education has an active agenda of research on museum education, which is furthered through master’s theses, doctoral dissertations, and our faculty’s scholarship.