The Michener Art Museum is pleased to partner with 13 chapters of the Art Goes to School organization, a volunteer-led organization dedicated to bringing the visual arts into the elementary school classroom. Through the use of art reproductions, educators guide students in discussions about various art and artists. The museum has a diverse portfolio of reproductions which are donated and loaned to Art Goes to School volunteers to utilize in their lessons. As part of their involvement, students receive a coupon to return to the Michener with a parent or guardian free of charge. Reproductions of artwork have been generously funded by the Target Corporation and now currently through private sponsorships. For more information on how your Art Goes to School chapter can get involved, contact Melissa Easton Sandquist.
In collaboration with the University of the Arts, the Michener Art Museum offers enrichment courses for adults and professional development coursework for educators. The Professional Institute for Educators (PIE) offers a full program of non-matriculated credit courses for teachers interested in continuing their education, or in satisfying Pennsylvania Act 48 requirements. Learn more about The University of the Arts.
The Michener Art Museum hosts in-service workshops in collaboration with Bucks County Intermediate Unit #22 throughout the year for teachers of all subjects and grade levels. These workshops may focus on special exhibitions, interdisciplinary connections with museum collections, and visiting artist lectures and demonstrations. Workshops provide practical and meaningful learning experiences for teachers, with opportunities for gallery exploration, art studio discovery, and presentations by professional museum educators. These in-service programs satisfy Pennsylvania Act 48 requirements for professional development.
Teachers discover and explore the connections between the visual arts, writing and literature, thanks to an ongoing partnership between the Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project at West Chester University and the Michener Art Museum. Open to teachers K-12 across the curriculum, Visualizing Words and Worlds is a summer program that provides teachers with opportunities to read, write, and create art in response to a variety of visual arts and gallery experiences. In addition, contemporary artists conduct art studio workshops for teachers throughout the week. (No previous experience necessary!) Visualizing Words and Worlds is held at the Michener Art Museum every summer and is open to all teachers in the PAWLP service area. Please contact the PAWLP office for current year’s program dates. The program carries three graduate credits from WCU. The Pennsylvania Writing and Literature Project office, 610-436-2202, will handle all registrations. Please do not contact the Michener for registration information.