Collaboration Between Nation’s Art Museums and Local Schools Puts Spotlight on Impact of Teaching and Learning with Art

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (November 8, 2018)—The Frist Art Museum is represented in a display of works of art by children from around the country as part of an exhibition organized by the” target=”_blank”>Association of Art Museum Directors (AAMD) on view in the U.S. Department of Education Headquarters in Washington, D.C. through January 2, 2019.

The works in the exhibition were produced as part of a community engagement program with McGruder Family Resource Center in North Nashville. The program brought youth from the neighborhood together with professional photographers Keith Calhoun and Chandra McCormick (whose exhibition Slavery, the Prison Industrial Complex was on view at the Frist last spring) to explore their community and document it through the photographic lens.

The Frist Art Museum is one of eleven other AAMD member museums represented in the program:

● Chrysler Museum of Art, Norfolk, VA
● Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, Bentonville, AR
● Grand Rapids Art Museum, Grand Rapids, MI
● Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) Boston, Boston, MA
● Princeton University Art Museum, Princeton, NJ
● Reynolds House Museum of American Art, Winston-Salem, NC
● Rhode Island School of Design (RISD) Museum, Providence, RI
● San Diego Museum of Art, San Diego, CA
● Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, WA
● Shelburne Museum, Shelburne, VT

Anne Henderson, director of education and community engagement, said, “The Frist Art Museum is honored to be part of this student exhibition from across the country that showcases the excellent work art museums are doing in their communities. We are deeply committed to engaging with our local community and providing art education for all ages and abilities, especially for K–12 students. The artwork in the exhibition is an example of our programs that brings professional artists together with youth.”

To celebrate the opening of the exhibition, AAMD and the Department of Education will co-host a panel discussion on research into museum education on November 15, which will also include discussion of recent research projects conducted by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art and by the National Arts Education Association. Participants in the panel include: Barbara Bassett, The Constance Williams Curator of Education, School & Teacher Programs, Philadelphia Museum of Art; Madeleine Grynsztejn, Pritzker Director, Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago, and President, Association of Art Museum Directors; and Brian Kisida, Assistant Professor, Truman School of Public Affairs, University of Missouri. The panel will be moderated by Melissa Menzer, Program Analyst, Research & Analysis, National Endowment for the Arts.

“Study after study has demonstrated that art and art museums provide powerful opportunities for education, with sustained benefits to children’s capacity for learning and thinking,” said Christine Anagnos, Executive Director of AAMD. “We are excited to present this exhibition, just one visible result from our successful, ongoing partnership with the Department of Education. This exhibition is an opportunity to showcase the many ways in which AAMD member museums are engaging with students and their teachers, creating a lasting impact on K-12 education in communities across the country. We are grateful to the team at the Frist Art Museum for participating in this program.”

The exhibition is open to the public by appointment. Those wishing to attend should contact Jackye Zimmermann at the Department of Education, at ”

About AAMD
The Association of Art Museum Directors advances the profession by cultivating leadership capabilities of directors, advocating for the field, and fostering excellence in art museums. An agile, issues-driven organization, AAMD fosters engagement, leadership, and shared learning. Further information about AAMD’s professional practice guidelines and position papers is available at

Sponsor Acknowledgment

This exhibition is supported in part by the Metro Nashville Arts Commission, the Tennessee Arts Commission, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Buddy Kite: 615.744.3351, ”
Ellen Jones Pryor: 615.243.1311, ”

About the Frist Art Museum
Accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, the Frist Art Museum is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit art exhibition center dedicated to presenting and originating high-quality exhibitions with related educational programs and community outreach activities. Located at 919 Broadway in downtown Nashville, Tenn., the Frist Art Museum offers the finest visual art from local, regional, national, and international sources in exhibitions that inspire people through art to look at their world in new ways. The Frist Art Museum’s newly renovated Martin ArtQuest Gallery features interactive stations relating to Frist Art Museum exhibitions. Information on accessibility can be found at Gallery admission is free for visitors 18 and younger and for members; $12 for adults; $9 for seniors and college students with ID; and $7 for active military. College students are admitted free Thursday and Friday evenings (with the exception of Frist Fridays), 5:00–9:00 p.m. Groups of 10 or more can receive discounts with advance reservations by calling 615.744.3247. The galleries, café, and gift shop are open seven days a week: Mondays through Wednesdays, and Saturdays, 10:00 a.m.–5:30 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays, 10:00 a.m.–9:00 p.m.; and Sundays, 1:00–5:30 p.m., with the café opening at noon. For additional information, call 615.244.3340 or visit

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