Showcase of Ideas

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Staff and volunteers together created a multi-sensory tour serving students from pre-K to 8th grade. The activity allows learners regardless of ability or age to make connections to collections while participating in auditory and tactile activities, inspired by music and images in the classroom or museum. It has become our most popular fee-based outreach program.

(Montreal 2017)

Portland Museum of Art, ME

An interactive approach to viewing art with teens will be described using technology familiar to "digital natives". This Showcase of Ideas presentation will demonstrate how to use tablet applications to illustrate the elements of art or other properties, using objects from your institution's resources and iPad or tablet applications. A template or model, also adaptable for smartphones, using available accessible and free applications, will be shared. The template can be modified to highlight your collection.

Presenter: Elizabeth Sanders



(Montreal 2017)

David Owsley Museum of Art, Muncie, IN

A variety of ideas will be shared using music to help visitors connect with art. Including: (1) the use of recorded music to help visitors connect to works of art, (2) musical cues that can be used by docents to effectively guide guests in nonverbal ways and (3) examples of using instruments, movement and singing to help young visitors understand the elements of art through the elements of music.

Presenters: Barbara Bohanon and Cathy Bretz