K-12 Gallery Educational Outreach

Working closely with the 13th Street Education Partnership Coordinator Andrea Bensusan, I hosted numerous K-12 students from the public schools located on 13th Street in Reading, Pennsylvania while working at the Freedman Gallery at Albright College. This was a fantastic learning experience for me because although I was used to working with College students, I had not had experience with children in galleries prior. After learning about the exhibits, we planned art activities for the elementary students that were lead by the Gallery Attendants, who were my student workers.

I toured third, fourth, and seventh graders at the Freedman Gallery as the Curator of Exhibitions and Collections. During Fragile Beauty: Contemporary Glassworks, a solo exhibition by Will Dexter, I welcomed 400 middle school students in one day. These inner-city students were able to walk to Campus from their schools due to the close proximity to the College. Many were surprised to learn that glass was an art form, and I learned it was incredibly fulfilling to expose these young students to art.