Projects with Artists-in-Residence

Boston Public Schools in the School Partnership Program have the unique opportunity to collaborate with Gardner Museum Artists-In-Residence (AIRs) on creative education projects. These projects offer students opportunities to learn what it means to be an artist, and explore how AIR’s respond to the Gardner Museum in various ways, whether through art-making, dance, video, storytelling, and writing.

In 2012, the London-based duo Ackroyd & Harvey worked with Boston Latin School and Tobin School students in a variety of ways. Dan Harvey met with Boston Latin School students and faculty to share examples of how he and Heather Ackroyd work with natural materials to make statements about global climate change and environmental impact and policies. Together, they looked at Script, a work made of grass that Ackroyd & Harvey created for the exhibition Points of View: 20 Years of Artists-in-Residence at the Gardner. The students were impressed by the artists’ ability to use unusual materials to make works that are visually simple but highly charged with meaning. Heather Ackroyd also spoke at a youth climate summit organized by the student group Boston Latin School Youth Climate Action Network (BLS Youth CAN). While she was in Boston, Heather spent some time observing Tobin School 6th grade students using Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) to discuss their ideas and responses to Script. Heather was delighted by how deeply the students were looking and interpreting her work—and graciously fielded questions at the end of the discussions. These interactions between Museum AIRs and partner students inspired the students to think about the how artists conceive and create their work and its impact both on audiences and on the environment.

Education and community programs are generously supported by the Barr Foundation, Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, the Succop Family Charitable Foundation and the Yawkey Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. These programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.