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Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project Inspires Similar Collaboration Between SUNY and Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art

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Marcos Stafne, Director of Education & Visitor Experience at the Rubin Museum of Art, explains to the group how sacred figures are created.

NEW YORK, NY-August 13, 2012 A innovative collaboration between Baruch College, CUNY and the Rubin Museum of Art, is the inspiration for a similar project currently being developed by the State University of New York (SUNY) at New Paltz. The Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project, established in July 2010, aims to enrich students’ college experience and improve their critical thinking skills through exposure and participation in the arts.

Baruch College was awarded a five-year grant of $1 million ($200,000 per year) by the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. Since the partnership was established, the Baruch College-Rubin Museum Project has supported 18 faculty to creatively explore ways to enhance college experience for students by incorporating the arts throughout the Baruch curriculum. Last year, the funds from the Baruch College-Rubin Museum Project were used to support institutional partnerships between the Rubin Museum and four CUNY Colleges: Hunter, John Jay, Borough of Manhattan Community College and Queensborough Community College.

On July 25, Baruch College invited SUNY New Paltz President Donald Christian and Professors Elizabeth Brotherton and Sarah Wyman to tour the Rubin Museum of Art to learn more about how Baruch has successfully incorporated the arts across the curriculum. The program serves as a model for SUNY New Paltz, which is currently exploring ways to develop a similar project with the Samuel Dorsky Museum of Art located on campus.

After the tour, Stan Altman, the Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art director and Professor of Public Affairs, led a discussion with the professors offering insightful examples of how students benefitted from the Baruch-Rubin Museum collaboration. He was joined by former Rubin Faculty Fellow and Professor of Fine and Performing Arts Karen Shelby andtwo current Baruch-Rubin Summer planning grant recipients.

Professor of Communication Studies Alison Griffiths of Baruch College described how she expanded the curriculum of the communications course, “The Ethics of Image-Making,” which integrated the Rubin’s collection and other audio-visual material relating to the cultural experience of the peoples of the Himalayas. Also, Professor of Cooperative Education Michelle Wang of Borough of Manhattan Community College discussed how she incorporated the arts into a summer career planning class. According to the professors, visits to the Rubin Museum assisted in bringing the class learning objectives to life and ultimately allowed students to construct a well thought-out career plan incorporating their past, present, and future aspirations.

The Baruch College-Rubin Museum Project was established on the principle that exposure and participation in the arts enrich students’ college experiences and greatly enhances their abilities to learn, understand and function on a higher level. New York’s cultural institutions are assets for all the rich, the poor, the young and the old, and particularly to students. The extraordinary innovative exhibitions at the Rubin Museum of Art not only introduce students to cross-cultural themes that encompass the ideas and issues of the Himalayas, but also inspire and challenge them to question, explore, and reflect on their own goals as citizens of the world. The Project provides faculty the means and opportunity to enrich student experiences through creatively integrating arts across the curriculum, with the purpose of helping students develop their leadership skills.



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. 3 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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