University Galleries: Museum Education
Museum Education Program
Our Museum Education Program is recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County as an approved Field Experience Provider. Each academic year, we produce cross-disciplinary lesson plans that allow teachers to incorporate field trips to University Galleries into their curriculum. An example of a successful partnership is with visual arts teacher Gwenn Seuling of Boynton Beach High School and language arts teacher Carly Gates of Dreyfoos School of the Arts who, since 2008, have annually brought their classes together to the galleries and produced an exhibition of student responses to the artwork they study in our exhibitions.
University Galleries’ Museum Education Program trains Florida Atlantic University students in educational techniques related to teaching and learning in art museum environments.We offer interactive gallery tours to youth through partnering schools and after-school programs, as well as to adults in the South Florida community.
Artist Mentorship Program (AMP)
Since its inception, the Museum Education Program has collaborated with and provided art education services to children in after-school settings. Undergraduate FAU students are hired each semester to teach visual arts classes in several regional locations. Currently, we teach classes at the Marjorie Fisher Boys and Girls Club in West Palm Beach and the Naoma Donnelley Haggin Boys and Girls Club in Delray Beach. A generous grant from the Community Foundation has allowed AMP to expand to a third site, the Children’s Home Society, beginning in Spring 2016.
AMP promotes young people's creativity while encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment. The students visit University Galleries and the FAU campus several times throughout the semester to expose them to contemporary art and college life. Using arts integration philosophies and teaching methods, AMP combines the visual arts with other disciplines such as science, language arts, music, and math through weekly hands-on projects and dialogue.
ImageMakers Photography Exhibition
University Galleries has hosted the annual ImageMakers Photography Exhibition since 2010, coordinated by the Boys and Girls Clubs of Palm Beach County and their Director of Technology Education, Dennis Young. The children are introduced to photography and digital technology by taking their own photographs on field trips throughout the county. The selected photos are entered into both a regional and a national competition organized by the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.
Meet our Team
Sabine Alia Elam received a BA degree in Linguistics with a Minor in Art History and Certificates in Classical Studies and Teaching English as a Second Language (ESL) in 2019. She is a multidisciplinary artist that practices in 2D, 3D, and digital mediums. Sabine’s passion is to bridge the gap between the arts and language, while providing equal access to youth across socioeconomic backgrounds.
Ashley Utley holds an Associate of Science in Teaching, is earning a BA in Studio Art, and plans to gain certification to teach art in the elementary setting. She is a multidisciplinary artist, who favors painting, ceramics, and mixed media with the inclusion of unconventional materials.Ashley’s interest in working with the University Galleries Museum Education Team stems from her passion for art education and arts integration.
Alina Livelli is a Bachelor of Fine Arts major at Florida Atlantic University. With painting as her area of concentration, she focuses on the concepts of self and identity. She attempts to create works that visually communicate emotion.
Alina's interest in the Artist Mentorship Program at FAU arises from her goal of becoming an elementary art teacher. As an artist mentor with the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Beach County, her responsibilities include developing art projects, as well as help planning for future exhibitions with the University Galleries to showcase student work.