ARTstor is pleased to announce a new initiative that is designed to help museum education departments work with K-12 teachers in their communities as a means of integrating the study of works of art into arts education, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and science curricula.

Museum education departments at participating museums will be able to create presentations using images of art works and other materials depicted in the ARTstor Library. The presentations can be stored on the OIV tool, an offline presentation tool created by ARTstor, and then given to K-12 teachers working with those museum education departments for use in the classroom.

Museum education departments and teachers accessing images of art works through OIV can zoom in on images, display images together to compare and contrast individual images, view the data associated with the images, and create classroom presentations with the images.

K-12 teachers using the OIV images do not have to be at institutions participating in ARTstor. Instead, teachers will be able to obtain OIV presentations from museum education departments. To obtain the OIV presentations, teachers will need to follow a few simple steps. More details about those steps can be found below.

We hope this initiative, which has been prompted by feedback from museum educators, will facilitate the work of museum education departments with teachers in their communities, and will help develop the visual thinking skills of K-12 students.

If you have any further questions about how you can get involved please contact our Director of Museum Relations, Nancy Allen.

How will this work?
Museum educators work closely with K-12 teachers to prepare students for class visits to the museum. They also seek ways of integrating study of works of art into arts education, mathematics, social studies, language arts, and science curricula. ARTstor, a resource currently available and increasingly utilized by both communities, has been working on a way to facilitate the exchange of such information between these communities.

Slide sets of museum objects have been the traditional currency of the museum educator and teacher collaboration, but teachers are increasingly asking for digital images and museum educators are ready to relinquish the burden of the labor-intensive effort of duplicating, labeling and distributing the slides.

Over the past two years ARTstor has talked with museum educators about the use of ARTstor to support their work. Many were excited at the prospect of having ready access to works from other collections to supplement objects from their own museum as they prepare teaching units using ARTstor’s OIV. The problem, however, is that museums work with many schools that are not currently ARTstor participants and our terms and conditions did not allow them to save OIV presentations and give them to teachers on offline media.

We are pleased to announce a solution to this challenge. ARTstor now has a museum education department license which will allow participating museums to distribute images on OIV to K-12 teachers, even if the teacher’s school is a not an ARTstor participant.

How will this work? A teacher will need to come to the museum education department and sign an agreement. We have tried to make the process as simple as possible; the agreement is one page with the ARTstor terms and conditions of use attached. One copy of the signed agreement will be given to the teacher and another copy will be kept on file by the museum. After registering the teacher, the museum educator can provide previously prepared OIV presentations to the teacher, work with the teacher to a create custom presentations, and/or offer the teacher the opportunity to craft and save his/her own OIV presentations. The presentation can be stored on the teacher’s laptop or on offline media such as a CD or DVD. Teachers thus registered will be authorized to use the OIV presentations in their classrooms for 120 days and to renew their authorization by checking in and validating their registration at the museum.

We hope this development, which has been prompted by feedback from museum educators, will facilitate their work with teachers and help develop the visual thinking skills of K-12 students.

You may download and review our License Agreement on the ARTstor website.

If you have any further questions about how you can get involved please contact our Director of Museum Relations, Nancy Allen