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MEDIA CONTACT: Polly Burks
561-297-2595, pburks@fau.edu

FAU Art Galleries presents Arts Integration at Work: A Partnership with Seminole Ridge Community High School

BOCA RATON, Fla. (April 4, 2013) – Florida Atlantic University’s University Galleries in the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters will present works by high school students from Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee as part of the Museum Education Program on Friday, April 12 from 6 to 8 p.m. The exhibition will be presented in the Schmidt Center Gallery Public Space in the Performing Arts Building on FAU’s Boca Raton campus, 777 Glades Road. The exhibition is free and open to the public.

Since 2005, the Museum Education Program has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County as an approved field experience provider. Each academic year, the program produces lesson plans and teaching activities that contain a variety of approaches and cross-disciplinary content that allow teachers to plan trips to the University Galleries' exhibitions. FAU students trained in educational theories within museums practices lead the tours of the selected exhibitions. At the core of these field experiences is arts integration. Arts integration is an approach to teaching that engages a student to connect the creative process or art form with another subject area in order to gain a deeper understanding of both.

In the last few years, the University Galleries has developed a partnership with Seminole Ridge Community High School in Loxahatchee that exhibits an arts integrated approach to teaching. Under the guidance of their teachers Gwenn Seuling, visual arts, and Carly Gates, creative writing, students will present original art works and writings inspired by their field experience at FAU during the University Galleries’ recent POUR and Papercuts exhibitions as well as their tour of the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. The students were asked to make connections between their lives and the artworks that they observed. Driven by discussions on their field experience and their classroom, the students explored the creative process through different expressions: writing, dance, and painting. The exhibition demonstrates the students’ creative approach to multiple disciplines and supports the University Galleries’ role as a dynamic extension of the classroom in providing arts education to the Palm Beach County School District and its community.

University Galleries programs are supported in part by the Cultural Council of Palm Beach County, R.A. Ritter Foundation, Beatrice Cummings Mayer and individual contributors. Museum Education programs are made possible by the Kaye Endowment for Arts Integration.

The University Galleries at FAU are open to the public Tuesdays through Fridays, from 1 to 4 p.m. and Saturdays, from 1 to 5 p.m. Group and class tours are welcome during public hours as well as at other times scheduled by appointment. For more information, please contact the Galleries at 561-297-2661 or visit www.fau.edu/galleries .

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About Florida Atlantic University:
Florida Atlantic University, established in 1961, officially opened its doors in 1964 as the fifth public university in Florida. Today, the University, with an annual economic impact of $6.3 billion, serves more than 30,000 undergraduate and graduate students at sites throughout its six-county service region in southeast Florida. FAU’s world-class teaching and research faculty serves students through 10 colleges: the Dorothy F. Schmidt College of Arts and Letters, the College of Business, the College for Design and Social Inquiry, the College of Education, the College of Engineering and Computer Science, the Graduate College, the Harriet L. Wilkes Honors College, the Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine, the Christine E. Lynn College of Nursing and the Charles E. Schmidt College of Science. FAU is ranked as a High Research Activity institution by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching. The University is placing special focus on the rapid development of three signature themes – marine and coastal issues, biotechnology and contemporary societal challenges – which provide opportunities for faculty and students to build upon FAU’s existing strengths in research and scholarship. For more information, visit www.fau.edu.

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