Museum As Megaphone
VIRTUAL Fifth Grade Art Experience (FGAE)
Museum as Megaphone is Missoula Art Museum's distance-learning platform. It gives students and teachers access to contemporary art exhibitions on view at MAM, and a chance to interact directly with artists and arts educators. Students and teachers from schools all over the state can participate in real-time, interactive tours in the MAM galleries. MAM’s arts educators lead students on an inquiry-based tour to engage and promote self-discovery through dialogue and discussion. Each course is self-paced and is not timed. The steps can be completed as a class or assigned as independent work. We have created these programs to mirror the experience of coming into the museum galleries as closely as possible. This includes video tours, art-making instructions for projects, resource lists, and more! Museum as Megaphone was created in partnership with Inspired Classroom.
All of the courses meet the Montana state standards in visual art, Social Studies, and English/Language Arts. Additionally, most of the courses also meet the Montana Indian Education for All (IEFA) Essential Understandings standards.
Contemporary art can challenge students to think deeply about issues that impact their community, explore artists’ creative processes and techniques, flip their perspectives, and widen their worldview. Museum as Megaphone amplifies MAM’s reach to share art and ideas with our rural and Tribal communities state-wide and it amplifies student voices as they become part of the conversation on contemporary art.
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! First come, first served for live days! Spaces fill quickly! Register for your LIVE DAY or VIRTUAL CURRICULUM using links below. We must limit each LIVE DAY session to a maximum of THREE 5th-grade classes at your school. Please register for additional slots if there are more than THREE classrooms participating from your school.
If you already have an account in the curriculum platform, use this code to login: T4Z4WEZN
Museum as Megaphone
VIRTUAL FGAE + LIVE DAY with artist Molly Murphy Adams
Dec. 11 to 15, 2023
REGISTRATION OPEN NOW! First come, first served! Spaces fill quickly!
Missoula Art Museum’s VIRTUAL Fifth Grade Art Experience (FGAE), Museum as Megaphone, includes a LIVE DAY segment with exhibiting Artist, MOLLY MURPHY ADAMS, and a virtual curriculum featuring artists and exhibitions that are currently on display at MAM. This is entirely FREE for you and your students. This is an excellent opportunity to connect your fifth-grade classes with a professional artist for conversation and artmaking while meeting MT and National core standards in Visual Arts, Social Studies, English Language Arts, and Indian Education for All. LIVE DAY segments with MOLLY MURPHY ADAMS are held during the week of December 11-15, 2023. These are 45-minute virtual events held on ZOOM directly from your 5th grade classroom. Students and teachers from schools all over the state can participate in real-time, interactive tours and hand-on artmaking with an exhibiting artist—all live from MAM galleries.
The VIRTUAL CURRICULUM is approximately 1 hour in length and can be accessed and implemented to prepare students in advance of the LIVE DAY.
MOLLY MURPHY ADAMS (descendant, Oglala/Lakota) was born in Great Falls, but grew up on Confederated Salish and Kootenai Tribal land in western Montana. She now lives in Tulsa, Oklahoma. Murphy Adams earned her BFA from the University of Montana in 2004. In 2023 she earned her MA in art history from Oklahoma State University
Live Day Session Schedule:
Monday, Dec. 11th
Tuesday, Dec. 12th
Wednesday, Dec. 13th
Thursday, Dec. 14th
Friday, Dec. 15th
Live Days Frequently Asked Questions
What are “Live Days”?
Live days are timeslots for your students to livestream with contemporary artist Molly Murphy Adams. This is a rare opportunity for your students to talk to a professional and well-known artist. Your students will be able to ask questions and she will lead them in an engaging drawing activity! This is entirely free and all you need to participate is a webcam and an Internet connection. Available timeslots are listed above.
Do I need to prepare my students for the Live Day?
• To prepare for the Live Day, your students should prepare some questions for the artist. You could even assign this for homework!
If you want more, MAM designed a short, FREE virtual curriculum that mimics the full IN-PERSON FGAE. This features contemporary artists MOLLY MURPHY ADAMS, JOEANN DALY, and various ceramic artists from a group show: Make It Funky. This program meets state standards in social studies, visual arts, language arts, and Indian Education for All (IEFA). It’s self-paced and includes videos of artists, artwork, and exhibitions, as well as reflective writing and art-making prompts. The virtual curriculum can be done as a class or assigned as independent work. Your class can work through the steps in Museum as Megaphone: FGAE (1 hour total), before or after the Live Day, at your own pace.
To register for this short VIRTUAL CURRICULUM, click this link: FGAE VIRTUAL CURRICULUM REGISTRATION
If you already have an account, this is the code to login: T4Z4WEZN
What exactly will happen on the Live Day “Meet the Artist”?
• Plan to be in a room with a computer with a camera and microphone. If you have more than one class jumping on, everyone can zoom in from their classroom. Kids can zoom in from home too!
• Have your classes arrive with questions for Molly Murphy Adams (the artist) in advance (5 per class).
• Have the students ready to speak their question into the mic and be sure to say their name.
• Murphy Adams will lead a drawing activity which will take about 15 minutes and we will invite the students to share their art by bringing it up to the camera to share. Please have pencil, 2 pieces of white paper, 1 piece of contrast paper (examples: colored construction paper, newspaper, magazine paper), scissors, and glue stick or glue ready for each student.
• We will ask students to write a reflection - just a sentence about what they will remember, and ask that you email us those.
• We will also be emailing out a short poll to capture your feedback. This has been invaluable in improving our offering and making it work for everyone. It also helps us get funding so that we can offer this program to you and your students for FREE. Thank you in advance for doing this.
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