University Galleries: Museum Education
Museum Education Program
Our Museum Education Program has been recognized by the School District of Palm Beach County as an approved Field Experience Provider since 2005. Each academic year, we produce cross-disciplinary lesson plans that allow teachers to incorporate field trips to University Galleries into their curriculum. For the 2020-2021 academic year, the Museum Education Program will be providing online and remote experiences in the potential absence of in-person tours and instruction.
The 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.
The FAU Galleries' Museum Education Program has been a dynamic extension of the classroom by providing arts education to the Palm Beach County School District and its community. We have developed on-going partnerships with several regional public schools and every year we welcome new partnerships with teachers of any discipline to bring their students to the galleries both remotely and in-person.
An example of a successful partnership is with visual arts teacher Lisette Cedeno of The Conservatory School and 45 students composed of 6th, 7th, and 8th graders in a project-based learning class focused on art in activism. This partnership encouraged youth activists to speak up about issues in their community and to how to do so through works of art. Students benefited from a classroom outreach and visit to FAU where in addition to exhibitions in our two galleries the students were able to experience the visual arts studios and the Jaffe Center for Book Arts. If not for COVD-19, the partnership would have culminated in an exhibition of the students’ activist artworks. We hope to still make this exhibition possible as soon as it is safe to do so..
Artist Mentorship Program (AMP)
Since its inception, the Museum Education Program has collaborated with and provided arts education services to children in after-school settings. Undergraduate FAU students are hired each semester to teach visual art classes either remotely or in person throughout several regional locations. AMP promotes young people's creativity while encouraging artistic skills and cultural enrichment.
Students have visited University Galleries and the FAU campus several times throughout each semester thereby exposing them to contemporary art and college life. By 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, dialogue, and instruction.
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
Ashley Utley holds an Associate of Science in Teaching, a Bachelor of Arts in Studio Art, and is working to earn a Florida Teacher Certification with the goal of teaching art in the public school 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.
Kaila Rutherford is a current MFA candidate at Florida Atlantic University. Originally from Canada, she holds Bachelor degrees in both Visual Arts and Education from Western University in London Ontario. Kaila is passionate about visual arts education and has seven years of international teaching experience. She focuses her artistic pursuits on drawing, collage, and painting, but also enjoys printmaking and ceramics.The University Galleries Museum Education Team is an exciting opportunity for Kaila to expand her knowledge and learn new ways to connect students to visual arts through a gallery setting.