The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Grants Patricia Lannes the 2020 Art Changemaker Award

Each year, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey honors someone from their community with the Art Changemaker Award, granted to those who use art as a positive force for social good. Patricia Lannes was honored to accept… Read More

Patricia Lannes featured in #WonderWomen Series by Jill Vitiello

It was an honor to be interviewed by Jill Vitiello of Vitiello Communication Group and featured in her #WonderWomen series. Jill has used her blog to highlight the work of businesswomen doing remarkable work – and we’re grateful… Read More

The Barnes Foundation Education Department explores engagement strategies for English language learners

Museum educators, docents and teaching artists participated in a professional development workshop facilitated by Patricia Lannes at the Barnes Foundation. The Barnes is a historic organization that has traditionally been perceived as exclusive, inheriting and sharing Dr. Barnes’… Read More

Meeting Challenges in Education and Building Community Partnerships with Elizabeth Public Schools and VACNJ

The Elizabeth Public Schools face a big challenge – they are home to 5,107 students (increasing by 675 students in the last year alone) representing more than 29 languages and countries including Afghanistan, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, and El Salvador. Due to the destabilizing world events impacting those countries, students enter the school system with a range of academic, social and emotional needs. The district is committed to supporting these students so they may succeed academically. However, it is also trying to help them find a sense of belonging to their community. It is within this context that the Elizabeth Public Schools partnered with CALTA21 and the Visual Arts Center in Summit, NJ – because CALTA21 supports academic learning by strengthening each student’s voice and encouraging the sharing of their personal narratives during the museum experience.

Meeting Challenges in Education and Building Community Partnerships with Elizabeth Public Schools and VACNJ

We hosted numerous CALTA21 Professional Development sessions at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey over the course of the 2017-2018 school year. Museum leadership staff from the center, along with more than thirty-five middle and high school… Read More

CALTA21 Goes to Philadelphia

Our next professional development institute will be hosted by the Fleisher Art Memorial in Philadelphia on February 25th, 26th and 27th. Founded in 1898, the mission of the Fleisher Art Memorial is to make art accessible to everyone,… Read More

Get ready for the Online Symposium this Tuesday!

Museums and Institutions of Higher Education Unite to Empower Adult English Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL): June 3rd, 2-5 pm EST Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century, A National Leadership Grant, IMLS Funded Initiative is offering a live… Read More

A Student Facilitated VTS Discussion

Watch a LaGuardia Community College adult literacy student facilitate a discussion in the Godwin-Ternbach Museum at Queens College. This museum visit is led by the students at the end of the semester. The students bring their families and… Read More