For Immediate Release
August 13, 2012
(Philadelphia, PA) The Galleries at Moore College of Art & Design have received a 2012 Museums for America grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) in support of Learning Through Photography (LTP) at Moore.
The $149,869 award will go towards creating a new LTP Regional Resource Hub for arts education and integrated learning strategies and to extend the existing LTP program through community arts projects in LTP neighborhoods.
The project will include creating standard rubrics for evaluating the impact of LTP on students, classrooms and teachers as the program grows in schools across the city. The project will build on the success of Moore's current LTP program, a pilot outreach project implemented and sustained in ten Philadelphia schools.
Now in its second year in Philadelphia schools, Learning Through Photography at Moore is an outreach initiative focusing on collaboration, community engagement, and the impact of art education on learning. LTP uses photography and writing as tools for learning through art, promoting in-classroom collaborative teaching, encouraging home and community participation in learning, and supporting Philadelphia’s citywide goal of improving literacy and arts access for school-age youth.
In classrooms where Learning Through Photography has been used as a teaching tool, teachers have seen marked improvements in student behavior, attendance and writing skills, and observed in many students a newfound confidence in self expression.
Read about Gathering Voice, an exhibition featuring select photographs and writing by Philadelphia schoolchildren participating in Learning Through Photography here
Moore College of Art & Design educates students for inspiring careers in art and design. Founded in 1848, Moore is the nation's first and only women's art college. Moore's career-focused environment and professionally active faculty form a dynamic community in the heart of Philadelphia's cultural district. The College offers nine Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees for women. A coeducational Graduate Studies program was launched in summer, 2009. In addition, Moore provides many valuable opportunities in the arts through The Galleries at Moore, a Continuing Education Certificate program for adults, the 91-year-old acclaimed Youth Art Program for girls and boys grades 1-12, The Art Shop and the Sculpture Park. For more information about Moore, visit www.moore.edu.