Guggenheim Museum’s Learning Through Art Program

Art is a valuable tool for discovering, exploring and interpreting reality. Investing in children’s art programs not only exposes the students to the benefits of the arts, they help these children succeed in all school subjects and in life.

“Learning Through Art” (LTA) at the Guggenheim Museum is an art program for children that challenges students to think critically about art and ideas. Participating students examine, discuss, and create works of art. Groups of students are also taken to the Guggenheim Museum to view and discuss the exhibitions.

LTA was founded in 1970 by Natalie K. Lieberman, a patron of the arts, in response to the elimination of art and music programs from New York City public schools. She merged the program with the Guggenheim Foundation in 1994. Since its inception, LTA has served over 100,000 students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds in all five boroughs of New York City.

The LTA program sends experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools where they spend one day a week over a 10- or 20-week period. These artists help the students and teachers learn how to create process-oriented art projects. Collaboration methods between the artists and teachers are fully integrated in order to expand learning across the entire school curriculum.

Important programs like LTA eliminate the barriers between academic subjects and the arts and show children how to experience the world using a wide range of creative and innovative methods for self-expression.

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