Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art (CBMAA), located in Bentonville, Arkansas, has engaged the team of WolfBrown and Creative Generation to design and facilitate a convening to reimagine the future of arts integration as a strategy for strengthening teaching and learning. The program will assist CBMAA and other museums to develop strategies for improving the equity and quality of K-12 educational experiences.
Since its founding, CBMAA has functioned as a convener, mounting exhibitions and hosting discussions designed to engage a wide public in vital issues. The goals of the convening are to:
- Help CBMAA explore options for a powerful program that builds upon, and opens up new possibilities for, arts integration.
- Generate new frames for thinking about arts integration as a broad strategy to achieve myriad outcomes—from equitable access to arts learning to racial justice or civic engagement—for all young people going forward.
The team of WolfBrown and Creative Generation, working in partnership with CBMAA staff and a distinguished Board of Advisors, will design the agenda, conduct background research, and prepare case studies on arts integration programs and models. As well, we will produce a suite of contextual materials to prepare convening participants and share with the larger field.
Results will inform CBMAA’s thinking about future investments in arts education.