Sharing Stories Around the World

screenshot of webinar underway

In April, I’ll be heading to Pakistan to facilitate workshops with artists of all ages. We’ll be using The Migration Series (1940–41) by Jacob Lawrence as a springboard for conversation about storytelling, collaboration, and how art can create social change. Last week, I had the pleasure of beginning the conversation with artists in Islamabad and Peshawar. Watch the video of our conversation, and add your point of view by sharing comments!

Words of inspiration on a Post-It at the State Department. Photo: Rachel Goldberg

Words of inspiration on a Post-It at the State Department. Photo: Rachel Goldberg

Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach, and Family Programs

Our Zany Visionary

Suzanne Wright with her award and in a group with other NAEA award winners.

Suzanne Wright with her award and in a group with other award winners. Photos: Rachel Goldberg

I’m currently in Fort Worth, Texas at the National Art Education Association (NAEA) annual conference and today I had the honor of presenting my boss–Suzanne Wright, Director of Education–with the NAEA 2013 Eastern Region Museum Educator of the Year award. This was a well deserved and hard-earned award for Suzanne, who has dedicated her entire (over 20 year) museum career to the Phillips! Under Suzanne’s leadership, our education department has produced award winning and nationally recognized programs and resources such as the Jacob Lawrence and The Migration Series teaching kit, and the emerging Prism of Arts Integration teaching framework. Suzanne has also played a key role in reinvigorating and re-establishing the local DC chapter of NAEA–AEDC. A few words that her colleagues and I used to describe her at the award ceremony today are thoughtful/reflective, passionate, visionary, zany, savvy, human, advocate, persistent, insightful, driven, determined, a bold leader with plentiful laughter, and a true leader. We all also really appreciate the seemingly never ending supply of Girl Scout cookies.

Rachel Goldberg, Manager of School, Outreach, and Family Programs

Tools of the Trade: Art Links to Learning

Photos of bags packed with k-12 teaching materials

Photo: Sarah Osborne Bender

Crayola’s green and yellow, Elmer’s blue and orange. Essential iconic materials await teachers attending the Art Links to Learning Summer Institute held here today and tomorrow for teachers from Takoma Education Campus, Tyler Elementary School, and the Center for Inspired Teaching.