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Baruch College and the Rubin Museum of Art to Co-host Conference on Museums & Higher Education in 21st Century

Panelists Include Representatives from The Metropolitan Museum of Art, University College London and Columbia University

NEW YORK, NY - April 7, 2013 ? Baruch College and The Rubin Museum of Art will host “Museums and Higher Education in the 21st Century: Collaborative Methods and Models for Innovation,” from April 24-25. ?The conference focuses on how collaborative models between art institutions (particularly museums) and higher education can enhance the learning experience for students.

Representatives from Baruch College, the Brooklyn Children’s Museum and the Rubin Museum of Art will share ideas on arts integration and current museum-university partnerships, using the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project as a model. Bruce Payne, Executive Director of the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation, will deliver the morning keynote address.? Other noted institutions in attendance include Sotheby’s Institute of Art and Yale University Art Gallery.

Throughout the conference, panelists from the University College London, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, University of Michigan, New York University, Columbia University, Brooklyn Historical Society and other institutions will discuss:

  • new pedagogies using museums in the curriculum
  • ways to utilize museums for university curricular initiatives
  • how to incorporate museums and technology into the digital classroom
  • the effect of museum education on the ?university student experience
  • other ideas for museum/university collaborations

The Khan Academy will also present Smarthistory, the portion of their online educational site that serves as a multi-media web-book about art history. Used by museums, colleges and universities, Smarthistory incorporates numerous images and video and curates links to high-quality resources on the web.

The conference is supported through the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. In 2010, Baruch College was awarded a five-year grant of $1 million ($200,000 per year) by the Rubin Foundation. Since the partnership was established, the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project has provided financial support to five CUNY campuses and 22 faculty, who creatively explored ways to incorporate the arts and the museum’s exhibitions and resources throughout their respective courses. This included regular museum visits, hosting art events on campus, and integrating the Rubin Museum’s collection across varied academic disciplines. The conference will highlight this program and others that have successfully utilized local art institutions and museums to empower undergraduate students by encouraging them to explore artistic and cultural opportunities and broader student experiences.




“Museums and Higher Education in the 21st Century: Collaborative Methods and Models for Innovation”


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Tour and Reception: April 24, 4:30 p.m. ? 7:00 p.m. - Rubin Museum of Art, 150 W. 17

th Street, (between 6th and 7th Avenues)

Presentations/Panel Discussions: April 25, 8:00 a.m.? ? 7:00 p.m.? - Baruch College, Room 750, Newman Conference Center, 7th Floor, Library Information and Technology Building, 151 East 25th Street, (between Third and Lexington Avenues)

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The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stan Altman, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project at (646) 660-6700, e-mail or register here.




About Baruch College:

Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.? For more about Baruch College, go to



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