Through MMoCA Art on Tour, original works of art from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection travel to nine public elementary and middle schools in Dane County, Wisconsin. The program supports interdisciplinary learning through visual art and provides students with unique opportunities to experience original, museum-quality art in their schools.
Schools applied to the museum for the opportunity to participate in the program and represent the diversity of student populations living in this region of the state. Through MMoCA Art on Tour, the museum and the participating schools form a three-year program partnership. Each year, a different exhibition is installed at a school for one month. The exhibition theme in Year One (2013) is narrative; in Year Two (2014), time and place; and in Year Three (2015), creative expression. Secondary themes within each exhibition, such as animals, community, and fantasy, help to support cross-disciplinary applications to language arts, science, and social studies curricula.
This online teaching resource supports classroom use of MMoCA Art on Tour, providing analysis of the featured works of art that includes information on the artists, discussion questions, key ideas, vocabulary, and resources for further study to help teachers make the most of the exhibitions while they are installed at their school. Lesson plans developed by art specialists and classroom teachers for works of art in each exhibition meet Common Core State Standards and Wisconsin Visual Art Standards. A blog allows participating teachers to share ideas, exchange information and experiences, and post images of student projects that resulted from their study of works of art in MMoCA Art on Tour.
Full-color posters accompany each MMoCA Art on Tour exhibition and allow for ongoing classroom application throughout the school year. Classroom discussions by MMoCA's docents are available upon request.
For information on MMoCA Art on Tour, please contact Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education, at firstname.lastname@example.org.