The Jewish Museum partners with a host of institutions dedicated to education, the arts, serving individuals with special needs, and supporting families. Through these partnerships, the Museum and its collaborators pursue a wide variety of initiatives, whose goals have included mounting dynamic Public Programs, holding unique studio workshops for college-age art students, and helping children and their families develop visual literacy skills through art-making and gallery experiences. With the Museum’s collection, exhibitions, and staff as resources, the opportunities for prospective institutional partners to further their missions is only limited by the imagination.
Our academic partnerships range from university courses taught at the Museum to seminars to collaborative performance workshops. Partner organizations include Columbia University, Parsons The New School for Design, and Tent: Encounters with Jewish Culture.
The Museum works closely with schools to foster dynamic art education, from Pre-K through 12th grade. Two such programs, Art Partners and Chaverim, provide free, arts-based instruction to students at New York City public schools and Jewish day schools. Over multiple visits with a teaching artist from the Museum, these programs make connections between a partner school’s curriculum and the Museum’s exhibitions and collection. Students experiment with various art forms in studio art activities, build their visual arts vocabulary, and consider art in a cultural and historical context.
Through dynamic partnerships with special education schools, adult care facilities, and non-profit organizations, the Museum provides individuals with disabilities opportunities to make personal connections to culture, history, and to each other through art. Working with a teaching artist over a series of visits both on- and off-site, participants examine artwork from the Museum’s collection and exhibitions, and explore a variety of art forms, and experiment with materials and techniques through art making. Access partnerships serve students with developmental disabilities and adults with dementia, among other audiences.
The Jewish Museum is interested in engaging with families across the city, both on- and off-site. The Museum has been involved with the Literacy Through Culture program through its partnership with Cool Culture; has engaged with Parent Associations at the Dalton School and the Hannah Senesh Community Day School; and has partnered with organizations such as Reboot and Baby Loves Disco. We look forward to working with other like-minded organizations interested in family outreach.