What University Museum Educators Have Learned from the Pandemic

hanks to these benefits, many museums are planning to continue hosting virtual programs for the near future. Jessica Sack at the Yale University Art Gallery, for instance, expects that two of the museum’s popular programs will continue to be virtual for the time being, even as in-person programming becomes possible. One of these, the Arts in Mind program, has been able to “break down geographic boundaries” and partner with new organizations that are working to help those dealing with early-onset memory loss. In the summer of 2021, museum staff worked with Lorenzo’s House, a Chicago-based foundation for people with younger-onset Alzheimer’s, on a one-day virtual camp. The other program, the museum’s Teacher Leadership Program, typically served educators in the immediate community before the pandemic, but since becoming virtual, participants are joining in from across the country and even internationally.

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