The Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art (LTA) Program is an artist residency program meant to cultivate student creativity by designing sustained, process-oriented art projects that support learning across the curriculum. The program, which is supported by your donations, sends experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools, where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop and facilitate art projects integrated into the school curriculum. During twenty-week in-school residencies, participating students examine, discuss, and create works of art. Visits to the Guggenheim support the residencies, offering new insights into art and challenging students to think critically about art and ideas.
To guide the yearlong curriculum, classroom educators and teaching artists used “essential questions,” such as “How can art empower communities?” These questions, linked to themes that were personally meaningful to students, were explored by looking at and making art.
All PS8 students in the third grade participate in an LTA residency. Teaching artists and classroom teachers collaborate on residencies to ensure that curricular, social and artistic goals are in consonance. These elements are reviewed every year, and aligned with grade-specific curricula.
Each spring the Guggenheim dedicates an entire gallery to A Year With Children, a show of student work that includes a (very) small sampling of work from all the residencies. Congratulations to our artists.