Stanley School Programs
For almost eleven years 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. This path breaking endeavor—Stanley School Programs—connected the museum with communities and schools of all sizes. School visits provided each student with an impactful, 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. Classroom visits will continue for schools across eastern Iowa within a 50-mile radius of Iowa City and the museum will launch new initiatives to continue to engage the vast network of educators that SSP has reached across the state. 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 fieldtrips that will be a cornerstone of educational programming in the new museum.
Teachers within the service area noted above may request a visit by emailing Associate Curator of Education Joshua Siefken (firstname.lastname@example.org).