The Teacher Advisory Council (TAC) is a cohort of New York City Public School educators who advise and support the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement’s mission to cultivate growth—aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, social, and spiritual—through inquiry and to strengthen people’s connections with themselves, one another, and the wider world. The Council collaborates with Museum staff to develop and promote resources and programs for school groups, youth, and teachers, ensuring meaningful, high-quality connections and resources for educators and their students.
Members of the Teacher Advisory Council should represent a range of experiences and identities themselves and in regards to their teaching and learning communities (including diversity of ability, age, ethnicity, gender, nationality, race, religion, sexual orientation, and socioeconomic status). The TAC will be expected to actively contribute to group dialogues, reviewing and embracing Values and Intentions for a respectful and enjoyable space for collaboration. Applicants who bring experience teaching within diverse communities are encouraged to apply. Please discuss your experiences facilitating access and inclusion in your application.
Artists, educators, and curators lead professional development days that are designed to guide educators through methods that bring contemporary art into the classroom. The multifaceted programs expose educators to contemporary art history and offer tools to inspire critical thinking, focusing on the integration of art and ideas in New Museum exhibitions with school curricula. The New Museum encourages educators of all disciplines to participate. For more information on upcoming workshops and to be added to our email list, please contact email@example.com to be added to our email list.
The New Museum offers discounted annual memberships for teachers. For more information, please contact 212.219.1222 ×234 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Our free lesson plans are designed to incorporate contemporary art into the classroom. New Museum educators develop each plan to promote learning through inquiry, experiential activities, and rigorous peer discussions. Lessons foster informed, critical understandings of art, culture, and current events. For lesson plans and resources on past New Museum exhibitions, contact email@example.com.
Lessons plans in the Educator Guide are created with 6-12th grade students in the United States in mind, but may be adapted across age, grade, geography, and developmental readiness with shifts in vocabularies, art-making mediums, and emphasis educators employ. For similar activities designed for young children working with teachers or caregivers, see the New Museum Kids Menu.
Download or print Educator Guides with resources and lesson plans for New Museum exhibitions:
Educator Guide: 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone”
Educator Guide: “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach”
Onsite visits are on hold due to COVID-19. To discuss virtual partnership opportunities, contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
The New Museum currently partners with Gramercy Arts High School, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, City-As-School, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Pathways to Graduation. Through a multi-visit program, teachers and New Museum educators collaborate to use the Museum’s resources to enhance learning and teaching in the classroom and beyond. Activities cultivate students’ self-expression, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills through an innovative curriculum.
The Teacher Advisory Council advises and supports the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement. The Council collaborates with staff to develop and promote resources and programs for school groups, youth, and teachers, ensuring meaningful, high-quality connections and resources for educators and their students. Applications for the 2022/23 Teacher Advisory Council will be available in the spring.
Our annual Convening brings together activists, artists, and educators to exchange knowledge and methods for generating critical discussion and structural change while promoting safer and braver spaces. Over the last decade, the Museum has developed content, tools, and methods for employing contemporary art as a resource for engaging youth and communities in questions and ideas that matter to them. The multi-day Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice invites participants to share best practices and grow together.
2020 Resource List
Toward Healing Justice in Education: A Workshop for Teachers with Adaku Utah, August 29, 2020
Signs and Symbols for Healing: A Workshop for Teachers with Maia Ruth Lee October 21, 2020
Youth, Arts, and Healing: A Dialogue with Aimee Meredith Cox and Noor Jones-Bey, December 4, 2020
Workshop for Teachers: Art Making as Radical Self-Care and Community Care in Youth Education, December 11, 2020
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