The KMA has developed partnership programs based on thoughtful collaboration with schools and community organizations throughout Westchester County.
Thinking Through the Arts
This in-depth, multi-session program is led by KMA’s writer-in-residence, Pamela Hart and reaches approximately 500 students annually in Katonah-Lewisboro, Yonkers, and other school districts. Through the TTA curriculum, students create poetry, dance, and visual art in response to original artworks on view at the KMA. Students practice “reading” art as visual text; observing and analyzing visual information; communicating ideas through discussion; expression through movement, poetry writing and art-making; and public speaking and presentation of their work.
View poetry, artwork, and video from the Fall 2021 program at the upcoming exhibition, American Stories: An exhibition of poems inspired by ARRIVALS.
To see footage from recent Thinking Through the Arts events click here.
Thinking Through the Arts engages students' looking, writing, critical thinking and artistic skills.
Thinking Through the Arts culminating poetry and dance presentation by six grade students from Thomas Cornell Academy. Photo by Margaret Fox.
ArteJuntos / ArtTogether
Serving new-immigrant and ESL families, ArteJuntos is the KMA’s nationally recognized art and family literacy program designed to support the literacy and communication development of Pre-K children while promoting parent engagement. The program impacts children’s visual literacy, observation and critical thinking skills, as well as the parent’s understanding of the value of museums as informal learning spaces for their families. To facilitate the program, the KMA partners with early childhood centers and community organizations that address family literacy. Currently ArteJuntos serves 110+ families in Ossining and Mt. Kisco, NY.
Arte Juntos Museum visit
Building Bridges: Prison Arts Initiative
In 2021, KMA launched a new initiative at the Bedford Hills Correctional Facility, a maximum security women’s prison in Bedford Hills, NY, with collaborative support from Rehabilitation Through The Arts. Through the program, approximately 15 incarcerated women respond to a KMA exhibition by creating their own poetry, culminating with an event in which participants present their poems.
View poetry and video of the Fall 2021 poetry readings at the upcoming exhibition, American Stories: An exhibition of poems inspired by ARRIVALS.
Building Bridges: Prison Arts Initiative is supported in part by the Two West Foundation with additional support from Gail and Caesar Bryan.
The Artist / Writer in Residence Program
A visiting artist can integrate the Museum visit into your art, language arts, and social studies curricula. Contact the Curator of Education, 914-232-9555, ext. 2969 to discuss possibilities.
Thinking Through the Arts is made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services and with additional support from Gail and Caesar Bryan and the C. B. Sweatt Foundation
Arte Juntos/Art Together is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. With additional support from the Rea Charitable Trust, the Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation, and the Samberg Family. Arte Juntos/Art Together es apoyado en parte por un premio del National Endowment for the Arts. Con apoyo adicional de la Rea Charitable Trust, de la Fundación Thomas & Agnes Carvel Foundation y Samberg Family.