Partnerships in Learning
The Museum’s education staff works with community partners to facilitate and plan programs which enhance involvement in our Mississippi communities and engage adults and children with art, literacy, and the creative spirit. The Museum is committed to reaching the broadest audience possible and relies on partners in the community to fulfill this commitment. We are proud to partner with many outstanding organizations, and we are always looking for new ways to collaborate with people and organizations. Our partnerships include:
Art in Mind
Art in Mind, a collaboration between Alzheimer’s Mississippi, AARP Mississippi, and the Museum, is a program designed to meet the needs of persons with early-stage dementia and their caregivers. The free classes use art exploration in the galleries, followed by hands-on engagement in the studio, to stimulate observation, recall, and cognition. Art in Mind is generously sponsored by The Mind Center at UMMC. Interested in participating in this program? Contact Jennifer Knight at 601.496.MIND (option 2) or firstname.lastname@example.org to register.
Art and Medicine
Building on the growing research that suggests that close looking and group discussions in art museums can help to develop important professional skills among medical students, the University of Mississippi School of Medicine (SOM) and the Museum have collaborated on a new and exciting program for all first-year medical students. Launched in the fall of 2018, this pilot program aims to develop important observation skills that emphasize close looking and inspection before interpretation, to develop a sensitivity to other points of view and multiple interpretations, to develop more empathetic responses to works of art and thus to patients; and to broadly understand the utility of art and medicine.
Better Together Commission
Formed through a partnership between the Mississippi Governor’s office, the Jackson Mayor’s office, and the Jackson Public School District (JPS), with support from the W.K. Kellogg Foundation, the Better Together Commission is an independent group of volunteers charged with working with the community to create a plan that ensures the academic success of all JPS students. In July 2018, the Museum’s education staff assisted with gathering feedback from JPS students through a workshop involving the study of two works of art that would spark conversation about how the past can impact the present and future. Following the discussion, the students were led in an art activity that enabled them to communicate what they most wished to see from Jackson and those in leadership. The workshop not only gathered suggestions for improvement but powerful insight into what Jackson is doing right.
Creative Healing Studio
Creative Healing Studio is a free bi-monthly art therapy gathering for adults being treated for cancer or those with a cancer diagnosis in their past led by licensed art therapist Susan Anand. The studio is open to all skill levels. Interested in participating in this program? Contact Susan Anand at email@example.com.
Operation Shoestring is a community-based organization located in Jackson that operates on the premise that every child deserves a chance at a promising future and that all families should have equal opportunities and access to tools necessary to improve and succeed. Since 2009, the Museum has worked with Operation Shoestring to provide high-quality arts instruction as part of Shoestring’s larger effort to improve students’ academic performance as well as enhance their quality of life socially, economically, and spiritually. Student participants, who attend one of three Jackson Public Schools (Galloway Elementary, Brown Elementary, or Rowan Middle School), gather after school at the Operation Shoestring site on Bailey Avenue. There, they learn about artists and their mediums, techniques for working in different mediums, and art vocabulary so they can talk descriptively about visual art. The program is participatory in nature: students create their own works of art, take field trips to the Museum, and work collectively to install exhibitions of their own works. In addition to the academic enrichment of this program, the experience builds community by bringing together parents, peers, and teachers, and also provides the students with increased self-esteem as well as strengthened motivation and discipline.