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Events for Educators

Danforth Art periodically holds special events for local educators.


Past Educator Events

›› February 2011 Event
›› August 2009 Event
›› September 2008 Event


An Educators’ Evening with Dr. Emmett G. Price III

February 3, 2011

Dr. Emmett G. Price III at Danforth Art with Julia Brucker, Assistant Director of Interpretive Programs
Julia Brucker with Dr. Price

Danforth Art hosted an Educators' Evening with Dr. Emmett G. Price III on Thursday, February 3 at 4 pm. Dr. Price, is an associate professor of music and African American studies at Northeastern University where he also serves as chair of the Department of African American Studies. He is regarded as one of the nation's leading experts on African American Music and Culture as well the executive editor of the Encyclopedia of African American Music, author of HIP HOP Culture, and editor of The Black Church, Hip Hop Culture and the Dilemma of the Generational.

The evening concentrated on how to stimulate student learning through captivating teaching.  Dr. Price offered many practical tips in how to use Black Creative Expression as a catalyst for connecting with students and inspiring more focused learning. Through his interactive presentation, audience members were inspired to learn more about the Power of Black Creative Expression and how its power can be used to transform the lives of young people of all races, ethnicities, and cultures.

Special attention was paid to the work of longtime Framingham resident Meta Warrick Fuller, a visionary leader amongst the giants of the art world and generally considered one of the first African-American female sculptors of importance. She studied under a number of different sculptors, including a one-on-one critique with Auguste Rodin. She is often described as an influential precursor to the Harlem Renaissance who is best-known for her groundbreaking depictions of the African and African-American experience. 

The event began with a meet and greet at 4 pm and Dr. Price’s talk at 4:30 pm. Following the talk, there was an opportunity for a question and answer session and tours of the Meta Warrick Fuller sculpture collection. This was also an opportunity to see the Danforth Museum exhibitions of Rhoda Rosenberg, Brice Marden, Sachiko Akiyama, and Carol Keller.

February Educator Event at Danforth Art

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Educators' Open House - August 27, 2009

Danforth Art welcomed public and private educators of all grade levels to the second annual Educators’ Open House on Thursday, August 27, 2009.

At the 2009 event teachers had the opportunity to:

Tour the 2009 New England Photography Biennial.
Experience a drawing workshop with artist and teacher Susan Parker.
Advance possibilities of art in the classroom with Art-on-the-Move kits.
Check out illustrations by Peter Reynolds, author and illustrator of The Dot and Ish.
Hear about the new Meta Warrick Fuller Program.

   Danforth Museum of Art Docent provides a tour to local educators at 2009 Educator's Open House
Danforth Docent provides a tour to
local educators at 2009 event.

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Educators' Evening - September 25, 2008

Local elementary school teachers attended Danforth Art's first Educators’ Evening on September 25, 2008. Attendees enjoyed light refreshments while learning about current and upcoming exhibitions, and their connections to the classroom. Special focus was placed on upcoming exhibitions featuring Sedrick Huckaby, Faith Ringgold, Jacob Lawrence, and Meta Fuller.

Featured Speakers

Barry Gaither with a teacher at the 2008 Educator Event at Danforth Art

Barry Gaither with a teacher
at the 2008 event

Katherine French - The Director of Danforth Art presented an overview of upcoming exhibits, the connections between the artists, and their contribution to the Museum’s educational mission.

Barry Gaither - Since 1969, Edmund Barry Gaither has been Director and Curator of the Museum of the National Center of Afro-American Artists (NCAAA). He developed the Museum from a concept to an institution celebrating the visual arts heritage of black people worldwide.

Diane Daily - As the Education Programs Manager at the Massachusetts Cultural Council, Diane Daily will share her expertise on applying to grants that support creative learning in schools. Local cultural council grant forms will be available.

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