The Stanley will offer virtual visits to K–12 classrooms in 2020–21.
Teachers across Iowa can request a virtual visit with a curator of education through our online form. Additionally, curators are preparing videos about the Stanley School Programs Collection for K–12 teachers and students, which will be available here in the fall.
For a decade, the Stanley's Education staff and docents have traversed the state of Iowa to bring exemplary works of art from our education collections into classrooms. The Stanley School Programs connected the museum with communities and schools of all sizes. School visits provided each student with a high impact, object-based learning experience that fostered critical thinking, empathy, and the appreciation of art. This one-of-a-kind program has reached nearly 85,000 students in 32 Iowa counties since it began in 2008.
As the Stanley prepares to begin our next chapter in the new museum building on the UI campus, we are rethinking how the Stanley can continue to serve Iowa's teachers and K–12 students. The Stanley will develop new partnerships with regional AEAs and the UI College of Education to provide professional development opportunities for teachers all around Iowa, and the museum will launch new online content that will make our collections more accessible than ever. Most exciting, however, will be the new in-museum visit programs and field trips that will be a cornerstone of educational programming in the new museum.Email questions to Joshua Siefken, associate curator of education, (firstname.lastname@example.org).