S: "Art for All" at the Albany Institute of History and Art
BC: Thank you to the Albany Institute of History and Art for allowing photography during their program and to the families who participated in "Art for All."
FC: The Albany Institute of History and Art | Art for All
1: The Albany Institute of History and Art presents their family program "Art for All" on Saturdays with a paid museum admission. The program runs from 10AM-5PM The images included in this book are provided with the permission of the participants.
2: The Albany Institute's Mission | "The Albany Institute is dedicated to collecting, preserving, interpreting, and promoting interest in the history, art, and culture of Albany and the Upper Hudson Valley. The museum achieves this mission through its collections, exhibitions, education programs, library, research projects, publications, and other programs offered to the general public." (AIH&A, 2013, Mission)
3: The Education Department's Mission | "The Education Department connects our community to our collections and exhibitions by providing lifelong-learning opportunities. We develop programs for school children and their teachers that provide formal learning experiences to support curricula. We also offer a full range of exciting and engaging informal learning programs that help people of all ages connect to arts and culture and to each other." (AIH&A, 2013, Education)
5: About Art for All "Adults and children of all ages are welcome to drop in on Saturdays to explore history and art through creativity. We invite you to experience works of art each week with sketching in our galleries and then transforming your ideas through a variety of media. It is a wonderful opportunity to explore color pencils, pastels, watercolors, printmaking, sculpture, and collage." -AIHA Winter 2013 Brochure
6: "...co-construction of knowledge (where a more knowledgeable person assists a novice) is widely considered to be essential in informal learning and is a crucial component of cognitive, socio-cultural and motivational views on learning." (Anderson, Piscitelli, Weier, Evert & Thayler, 2002)
7: "Art for All" is frequented mostly by families with young children, according to Josette Pastore, Program Coordinator at the Albany Institute. Josette shows the participants how to use a variety of media to complete a guided project. Some of the previous projects included making books, creating seascapes, and sometimes having an open paint time.
8: In addition to being able to create artworks in the classroom, visitors are also encouraged to sketch in the galleries. Clipboards with paper and pencils are provided at the front desk.
10: Program Successes
11: "Art for All" does a good job of reaching their family audiences. "The best way to reach multigenerational groups is through activities that a family can do together" (Bingmann, Grove & Johnson, 2009, pg. 77). As seen in the previous pages, the Albany Institute is able to create programming that benefits this group because families are the ones frequenting this program.
12: Missed Opportunities | "Museum educators at some point will need to expand their activity repertoire to include programs and special events, which attract a wider audience and keep their members satisfied over the long run." (Huber & Johnson, 2009, pg. 95)
13: It appears that although "Art for All" is encouraging a variety of visitors to partake, through brochures and their educational mission, only a narrow demographic of children and facilitating adults are taking advantage of this program. It would be advantageous for the museum to market towards its diverse local population, as well as to the numerous college students located nearby. Currently, the activities provided within the classroom during "Art for All" are targeted toward a younger demographic and does not encourage non-family groups to participate.
15: References Albany Institue of History and Art. (2012). “Education.” Retrieved from http://www.albanyinstitute.org/education.html Albany Institue of History and Art. (2012). “Mission and Vision.” Retrieved from http://www.albanyinstitute.org/mission-and-vision.html Anderson, David, Barbara Piscitelli, Katrina Weier, Michele Everett, and Collette Tayler. "Children's Museum Experiences: Identifying Powerful Mediators of Learning." Curator 45 (3): 213-231. Bingmann, Melissa, Tim Grove, and Anna Johnson. (2009). "Families and More." Lanham, Maryland: Alta Mira Press. Pg. 75-85. Huber, Kimberley A. and Anna Johnson. (2009). "Planning and Managing Museum Programs and Special Events.” Lanham: Alta Mira Press. Pg. 95-108.