Date of Award

Spring 4-16-2008

Document Type


Degree Name

Master of Science in Education (MSEd)

First Advisor

Beth A. Twiss Houting


The Philadelphia Museum of Art (PMA) received a National Leadership Grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services to support a partnership among PMA, Pennsylyania Academy of the Fine Arts, The Barnes Foundation, The Fabric Workshop and Museum, and Institute of Contemporary Art at the University of Pennsylvania. These five art institutions collaborated with each other, and with the School District of Philadelphia (SDP), to develop a literacy-based museum visit program called Art Speaks! that is open to all 13,500 fourth-grade students in SDP public schools. The program features a museum visit to one of the five collaborating institutions and includes teacher resources for use before and after the visit.

While multiple-visit programs have shown significant benefits for the students served, they have an inherently limited capacity. In contrast, this project's goal was to develop a single-visit program that is available to every class in one grade level throughout a large urban school district. This study explains how the team worked with SDP teachers and administrators to maximize the educational benefits of the program's classroom resources and museum visit. An Advisory Committee provided guidance throughout the project's development and two pilot phases have been conducted. Evaluation consisted of written surveys and two teacher focus group meetings. Based on the results, this study proposes a model for collaboration among diverse art institutions and a large urban school district.


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Leadership in museum education (Program of study)