ARTstor has begun actively exploring how and when it can best serve the K-12 community by retaining two consultants to develop a K-12 education plan. The two consultants, Scott Sayre and Kris Wetterlund, bring to the task a combined 25 years of experience in arts education including recent positions with the Art Museum Image Consortium (AMICO).
Sayre has over twelve years of experience guiding museums in the selection, development and application of educational and business technologies. He speaks internationally on the subject of art museums and technology, and has provided consulting services to a range of museums including the Art Institute of Chicago, High Museum of Art, Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art and the Walker Art Center. He was the Director of Media and Technology at the Minneapolis Institute of Arts (MIA) where he formed the museum’s Interactive Media Group and led the development of a wide range of award-winning projects including the MIA and Walker Art Center’s educational portal “ArtsConnectEd” (www.artsconnected.org), the MIA’s web site (www.artsmia.org), and wide range of interactive multimedia programs installed in the museum’s galleries. He has a Doctorate in Education from the University of Minnesota and most recently served as AMICO’s Director of Member Services and US Operations.
Wetterlund has thirteen years of experience as an art museum educator, working in the MIA’s education department and at the Minnesota Museum of American Art as the Director of Education. Wetterlund has developed a number of online art resources and programs, including the MIA’s award-winning Get the Picture: Thinking about Photographs and a two year program to train K-12 teachers in Minnesota to use online art museum resources and technology in the classroom. She received her degree in art education from the University of Minnesota and is certified as a K-12 Minnesota teacher. Wetterlund most recently served as the Director of User Services for AMICO, where she advised educators on integrating AMICO digital art resources in curriculum and teaching.
Starting in July and continuing through early fall, Sayre and Wetterlund will be working on a plan for ARTstor’s approach to K-12 Education that will provide an overview of the K-12 landscape. This plan will investigate a number of opportunities, including whether there is a role for ARTstor in supporting art museums’ educational programs, integrating with art teacher training programs, and collaborating with federal, state and local arts education initiatives. The plan will also make recommendations regarding the types of tools and content that will best serve the needs of K-12 educators and students.
Sayre and Wetterlund will be working closely with ARTstor staff including Nancy Allen, ARTstor’s Director of Museum Relations, who noted the importance of this effort: “We hope that ARTstor can support teaching and learning about art in the K-12 community, but first we need to learn from museum educators and K-12 teachers about their needs and goals. We cannot imagine better partners to help shape our thinking and guide our planning than Kris and Scott with their impressive experience in education and museums.”