The Wachovia Education Resource Center, located in the Museum's Perelman Building, offers teachers an unequaled collection of materials, technology, and services to enhance teaching through connections between various curricular areas and the visual arts—all at no cost.Hours Tuesday–Sunday, 10:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
Teacher Programs are funded, in part, by grants from The Sherman Fairchild Foundation, Inc. and Comcast Foundation. Equipped as a high-tech research site and resource lending library, the Resource Center houses materials selected specifically to help make these cross-curricular connections: from online research sites, art-reference texts, and exhibition catalogues to teaching materials prepared by the Museum's Education staff, including teaching poster sets and teaching kits containing slides, DVDs, videos, and image cards. Thanks to an innovative partnership with the Smithsonian Institution, teaching materials from the National Gallery of Art are also available to educators at the Resource Center. In addition, teachers have access to ARTstor, a digital database presenting high-quality images of art and historical documents from museums and cultural centers around the world, enabling them to create their own personally tailored lessons.
Created with the conviction that the visual arts can enhance learning and create rich connections between all areas of curriculum, the Resource Center offers a variety of workshops and clinics to help teachers of all subject areas explore how art and technology can be a rich resource for their teaching. The Division of Education staff and a corps of teacher volunteers are on hand to work with educators. Their goal is to identify resources and strategies that enhance lessons by incorporating the visual arts. In addition to on-site resources, the Museum's Division of Education now publishes an e-newsletter with lesson plans and information designed to help teachers make these connections. A new on-line teacher forum allows teachers from around the region to pose questions, get answers and share successful lessons.
Educators are always seeking new and creative ways to teach diverse student bodies. The Wachovia Education Resource Center provides materials and support for visual learning and cross-curricular planning and helps teachers engage students across the region in high-level thinking skills.
For more information, please contact Education: School & Teacher Programs by phone at 215-684-7580, by fax at 215-236-4063, or by e-mail at .