Thursday 06/07/12 9:30AM-3PM
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G:Class Professional Development Seminar for Teachers

"Ellen Altfest: Head and Plant"

Join New Museum staff on Thursday June 7, 2012, for a professional development seminar for high school teachers including a morning gallery tour and lecture on the exhibition “Ellen Altfest: Head and Plant” with New Museum Associate Curator Jenny Moore and the artist. In the afternoon, participate in an interactive workshop that will focus on ways to extend the conversation into your classroom.

G:Class professional development seminars are led by artists, curators, and education professionals to guide teachers in methods that activate contemporary art in the classroom. The seminars expose teachers to contemporary art history and offer tools to encourage critical thinking, focusing on the integration of new art and new ideas with school curricula. The New Museum encourages educators of all disciplines to participate.

Morning Session
9:30 a.m. – Registration
10:00 a.m. – Gallery tour: Join Associate Curator Jenny Moore and artist Ellen Altfest for a tour of the exhibition of paintings, “Ellen Altfest: Head and Plant”
10:30 a.m.–12:00p.m. – Lecture: Jenny Moore and Ellen Altfest in conversation

Afternoon Session
$5 Members, $10 General Public
1–3 p.m. – Workshop: Take part in an in-depth workshop with New Museum educators focusing on integrating contemporary art with classroom curricula

G:Class (the Global Classroom) is an interdisciplinary museum education program that encourages visual literacy and critical thinking skills in high school students by integrating contemporary art into the core curriculum. It emphasizes inquiry-based education, problem solving, and self-expression by connecting the New Museum’s mission, resources, and programs with students’ personal, political, and cultural realities. For more information, visit


The Global Classroom is made possible, in part, by the Bloomingdale’s Fund of the Macy’s Foundation, Con Edison, the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, and the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. Additional support provided by the Laurie M. Tisch Illumination Fund.

Generous endowment support is provided by the Keith Haring Foundation School and Youth Programs Fund, the Rockefeller Brothers Fund, the Skadden, Arps Education Programs Fund, and the William Randolph Hearst Endowed Fund for Education Programs at the New Museum.

Additional endowment support provided by the JPMorgan Chase Professional Development Workshop Program for Teachers.

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