Office of the Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs
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From: Stan Altman, Ph.D., Director, Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Program
Over the past few decades the role of the arts in preparing students to be “well-rounded” individuals has been acknowledged. Increased exposure to the arts is credited with improving students’ critical thinking skills, broadening their perspectives, and helping them to explore and to identify who they are and what they want to accomplish. At the same time, funding for the arts is often the first to be cut from school budgets. All too often, students’ exposure to the arts is through survey courses that rarely provide opportunities for meaningful experiences, analyses, and reflection.
In an effort to explore innovative ways to expand student experiences with the arts, Baruch College and the Rubin Museum of Art have collaborated on a program which supports faculty and student engagement through the development of innovative course curricula, and by integrating the arts across the college’s curriculum at the undergraduate and graduate levels. This program has recently been expanded to include four other colleges within the City University of New York: Hunter College; John Jay College of Criminal Justice, Borough of Manhattan Community College, and Queensborough Community College.
To share ideas and experiences from the first three years of the Baruch-Rubin Museum Partnership and learn about other innovative programs designed to enrich students’ higher education experience through engagement with the arts, a conference titled Museums and Higher Education in the 21st Century: Collaborative Methods and Models for Innovation has been organized for April 24-25, 2013 to be held in New York City.
The conference provides educators from diverse disciplines an opportunity to explore ways to help students realize their full potential through participation in the arts. The attached pages describe the conference’s themes and goals, preliminary program, and instructions for submitting papers.
Please share this information with colleagues who might be interested in either attending or contributing to the conference.
Stan Altman, Ph.D.
Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Program