Do you want to try something fun while stepping outside of your comfort zone? Join us this summer for the first Northeast Ohio Museum Teaching Mash-up!
Inspired by the NAEA Museum Teaching Mash-up (which you can read about here and here), this gallery teaching experiment offers the chance for Ohio museum educators, students, teachers, and community members to connect, interact with art, and learn from each other in a supportive group of colleagues.
WHEN: Monday, August 10th – 10am-3pm
- 10-10:15– Welcome, discussion, Experimenter sign-up
- 10:15-10:30– Introduce format, draw names of group members, assign artworks
- 10:30-11:15– Experimenter planning time, gallery exploration time for participants
- 11:15-12:15– Museum Teaching Mash-Up Round 1
- 12:15-1:30– Debrief, lunch on your own, sign-up for Lightning Round 2
- 1:30-1:45– Assignments for Lightning Round 2
- 1:45-2:05– Lightning Round Planning, gallery exploration time for participants
- 2:05-2:45– Mashup Lightning Round 2
- 2:45- 3:00– Closing discussion
- 3:00– Happy Hour at area restaurants for all who are interested
WHERE: Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland, 11400 Euclid Avenue, Cleveland, OH 44106
WHO: Museum educators, students, teachers, community members, and all who are interested are welcome! This event is designed to bring together people from a variety of experiences. Please feel free to forward this invitation to anyone who may be interested.
What should I expect?
For this event, expect the unexpected! Interested educators sign up, are assigned to random teaching groups of 2-3 colleagues, and receive object assignments. After an hour-long prep period, teaching groups will present a 5-7 minute gallery experience for the rest of the group.
Although we are geographically close, we rarely get the opportunity to observe each other and, better yet, work together in the galleries! Take this time to refresh your own practice, get inspired to experiment at your museum, and get to know colleagues across the region. Try out techniques you can use to create unique, engaging, and fun art viewing experiences for your visitors and students.
How Can You Be Involved?
As an Experimenter:
If you are interested in taking a risk and being a part of one of the small teaching groups that tackles this challenge, please contact Hajnal Eppley (firstname.lastname@example.org ) by August 1st.
As a Participant:
If you’re not quite up for experimenting yourself but want to be a part of the event, you are welcome to join as a member of the audience. (If you’re unsure, you’re also welcome to watch the first round and join Lightning Round 2 after lunch!)
As a Promoter:
Please share the event with anyone who might be interested. Tweet, Instagram, blog, and email your heart out! Before and during the event, use the hashtag #ohiomashup so we have a collective record of our experiences.
Join us as we experiment, take risks, and see what happens!
Patty Edmonson, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Hajnal Eppley, The Cleveland Museum of Art
Nicole Ledinek, Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland
Gina Thomas McGee, Akron Art Museum
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Header Photo: “Museum of Contemporary Art Cleveland” by Erik Drost, Flickr.com, CC BY 2.0