MoNA Link engages students in and through the arts

The MoNA Link program is a partnership between the Museum of Northwest Art and school districts in the Skagit Valley.  It is a two-year professional development program in art education for teachers and includes art lessons taught in the classroom by a museum educator and museum visits for the students.
Program Goals:

  • Help students achieve state standards in visual art, communications, critical thinking and writing
  • Provide teachers with opportunities to make, experience, and better understand art
  • Train teachers to teach art and to integrate it into other core subject areas
  • Train teachers how to use the Museum as a community resource and for instructional support
  • Train teachers to use Visual Thinking Strategies to talk about art and apply the principle to other curricular areas

Activities for First-year Teachers and their Classes:

  • 3-day Summer Institute, Learning through Art: an intensive study of Northwest art history, visual art concepts, hands-on art making and training in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) – August 15-17, 2017
  • 3 Full-Day Exhibition Training Days for Teachers: one for each new exhibition during the school year (October, January, March , 9am - 4pm) substitutes provided by districts
  • 3 Museum Visits for Each Class: including discussion of art, writing or hands-on activities. School districts pay 50% of field trip costs.
  • 3 Hands-on Art Lessons for Each Class:  related to the exhibitions and specific class curriculum taught in the classroom by MoNA Link art educators
  • 3 After-School Meetings:  to plan lessons and share art project ideas, 4:30 – 6:30pm at MoNA and off-site locations
  • Demonstration of Student Learning:  exhibition of student work at the school

Activities for Second-Year Teachers and their Classes:

  • 3-day Summer Institute, Learning through Art: an intensive study of Northwest art history, visual art concepts, hands-on art making and training in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) – July
  • Ongoing Coaching by education staff
  • 3 Full-Day Exhibition Training Days: one for each new exhibition during the school year (October, January and March, 9-4) substitutes provided by districts.
  • 3 Museum Visits for Each Class: includes discussion of art, writing or hands-on art activities.  School district pays 50% of field trip costs.
  • 3 After-School Meetings: to plan lessons and share project ideas, 4:30 - 6:30pm at MoNA and off-site locations
  • Teacher Developed Lesson Plans:  each teacher develops a lesson plan for each of the three exhibitions integrating art into another subject area (such as history, math, science) with mentoring from a MoNA Link art educator.

Two full scholarships are now available for teachers at high-need schools. The Karl Holzmuller Art Access Fund will cover the following expenses:
 

  • bus transportation for three visits to the Museum each year
  • three full-day substitutes to cover participation in training days 
  • NWESD fees for clock hours earned (90 clock hours available over the two years of professional development).

 
MoNA LINK TEACHER APPLICATION
DEADLINE TO APPLY: Thursday, June 15, 2017
Applicants will engage in a short phone interview after submission. 

 
 

Please provide contact information valid for summer months.
In a short paragraph, describe whether you are currently using visual art in your classroom to help achieve your teaching goals, and how you would like to see the use of visual arts expanding in your classroom.
How do you envision the MoNA Link program furthering your educational goals and helping your students meet academic standards and achieve greater success through an arts-enriched curriculum?
Please check 'yes' if you would like to be considered for a scholarship to support your participation in the program.
You must have approval by your principal or school district to participate in the MoNA Link program.
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Museum of Northwest Art

MISSION STATEMENT

The Museum of Northwest Art connects people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest. 

 

COLLECTIONS

MoNA collects and exhibits contemporary art from across the Northwest, including Alaska, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.