Ithaca, NY—The Herbert F. Johnson Museum of Art at Cornell University hosts dozens of K-­12 school groups every year for hands-on programs and experiences with art. For many of these children, this field trip is their first time visiting a museum

Our Spring 2017 "Adopt-A-Bus" crowdfunding campaign was a huge success, raising $27,470 to defray fees for groups to be bussed to the Museum—a cost that is often greater than the other program expenses combined.

The goal to cover costs for fifty class trips was met, and exceeded, by sixty-nine individual donors—and then matched by the generosity of Museum Advisory Council member Rona Hollander Citrin ’80 and Jeffrey Citrin. Our thanks to them and the alumni, Members, and friends who helped ensure local schools are able to participate in our program for years to come!

The Johnson Museum's school program emphasizes intellectual and experiential connections with art from diverse cultural traditions, geographic regions, and time periods. Museum sessions link to curricula in art, social studies, language arts, music, science, and math. Students learn about art through active participation in object study, gallery activities, writing, discussion, and studio workshops. Staff works with teachers to insure that museum sessions meet curricular goals and New York State Learning Standards, and effectively engage students with diverse learning styles, abilities, and needs. Class visits develop visual literacy and encourage close looking and critical thinking skills.