I went to New York for the first time in my life this summer. It was everything I had imagined. Loud, exhilarating, overwhelming and wonderful! We at Museum School had the amazing good fortune of participating in the Lincoln Center Institute International Educator’s Workshop. This was an immersive week of arts education that challenged your thinking and opened your mind to new ways of engaging students with art through aesthetic education and imaginative learning. The framework that all of this connects to and jumps from are the Capacities for Imaginative Learning.
As the name suggests, the workshop took place at the Lincoln Center in the Julliard School. The Lincoln Center is comprised of three theatres, including the Metropolitan Opera, a museum and performing space, reflecting pool with a massive Henry Moore sculpture and the Julliard School. The workshop was facilitated by three Teaching Artists, an actor, a dancer and a visual artist. Fundamentally important to the Lincoln Center’s methodology is that students need to be involved with ‘live’ art – be that a performance or a visual piece. This is where our situation at Glenbow is ideal!
Though the workshop is primarily aimed at classroom teachers and school administrators, the concept of using art for imaginative learning is also ideally suited to museum education. The Lincoln Center’s philosopher in residence, Maxine Greene, sums it up with one of her many fantastic quotes, “Without imagination, you live in a small room with the windows closed. Imagination opens the windows and shows us landscapes, horizons that we would not otherwise perceive…I want education to empower people to see possibility.”