9.30/ Parrish Art Museum Announces Grant Awarded by IMLS


Parrish Art Museum Awarded $ 83,495 Grant from

The Institute of Museum and Library Services

to Develop Arts-Based Initiative for 700 Students


The Three-Year Grant Supports a Visual Thinking, Deductive Reasoning, and Language Skills Program with Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Tuckahoe Schools 

 image001-30Wendy Gottlieb, Museum Educator, with students   Photo: Daniel Gonzalez

The Parrish Art Museum has been awarded a three-year $83,495 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in support of Art + Language: A New Design for Learning—an integrated education initiative that uses works from the permanent collection to enhance visual thinking, deductive reasoning, and language skills of 700 students from the Bridgehampton, Southampton, and Tuckahoe schools. Art + Language is one of 206 museum projects selected from a pool of 548 applicants to the highly competitive Museums for America grant program. The project period is from October 1, 2016 through September 30, 2019. 

“This grant allows us to refine our ongoing work with Southampton and Tuckahoe schools and enables us to add a new partner: Bridgehampton School,” said Cara Conklin-Wingfield, Director of Education at the Parrish. “In partnership with the schools, we will develop, implement, and evaluate visual arts-based units of study based on the Museum’s permanent collection that will support Common Core State Standards and address key components of the National Core Art Standards. This new initiative will support teaching and learning in schools that are under the combined pressures of budget cuts, new standards, and a steadily increasing number of English-language learners.”

Designed for grades 4, 5, 6, 7, and 9, the 12-week program will provide students with skills and opportunities to find personal meaning and relevance in works of art through structured engagement with the Museum’s collection. The sessions will include museum visits where participants analyze and discuss  works of art, lessons in which students will compare visual art, film, and myriad literary forms; follow up museum visits with visiting artists from the Parrish collection; creating original work ranging from visual art to writing, verbal expression, and electronic media. The unit ends with the students presenting, discussing, and reflecting on their creative output in a group setting.

At the completion of the program, the Parrish will create educational materials that will be available to schools and teachers through regional teacher networks and teacher training programs, and distributed at regional conferences. These resources will include complete lesson plans for classroom activities and Museum visits.  In addition, original student projects and other examples of their work will be published on the Parrish website (parrishart.org).

The Parrish Art Museum’s educational programming is supported, in part, by Fiona and Stanley Druckenmiller, George P. Mills, Long Island Community Foundation, H. Peter Haveles, Jr., the May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation, The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O’Brien Foundation, Town of Southampton, and The Walji Family.


unnamed-6 Institute of Museum and Library Services

The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 123,000 libraries and 35,000 museums. Our mission is to inspire libraries and museums to advance innovation, lifelong learning, and cultural and civic engagement. Our grant making, policy development, and research help libraries and museums deliver valuable services that make it possible for communities and individuals to thrive. To learn more, visit www.imls.gov .


Parrish Art Museum 11.9.12A 13038

Parrish Art Museum

Inspired by the natural setting and artistic life of Long Island’s East End, the Parrish Art Museum illuminates the creative process and how art and artists transform our experiences and understanding of the world and how we live in it. The Museum fosters connections among individuals, art, and artists through care and interpretation of the collection, presentation of exhibitions, publications, educational initiatives, programs, and artists-in-residence. The Parrish is a center for cultural engagement, an inspiration and destination for the region, the nation, and the world.



Parrish Art Museum photographs copyright Jeff Heatley.


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