Education

The future belongs to young people with an education and the imagination to create.
— President Barack Obama

Sugar Hill Children's Museum of Art & Storytelling draws on the power of art and storytelling to nurture the imaginations of young children, helping to develop language, literacy and problem-solving skills. Our programs are specifically designed for 3 to 8 year olds—a time when children are most open to exploring the world, and their place in it, through the arts, and can benefit immeasurably from these experiences.

Influenced by the Reggio Emilia approach, pedagogy at the museum is rooted in community, self-guided discovery, creative expression and the learning that naturally occurs through play and exploration.  We are also driven by the growing research that draws a clear correlation between early exposure of children to the arts and increased long-term critical thinking, communication, and social skills. We believe in creating environments that are inclusive, accessible, and carefully crafted to suit the needs of all children.

Photo Credit: Michael J. Palma

Photo Credit: Michael J. Palma

The Museum's unique relationship with the on-site Sugar Hill Museum Preschool gives us the opportunity to develop a culturally relevant arts education curriculum in a laboratory setting, and to evaluate and make course corrections in real time in order to best serve the needs of the students.

We will replicate our new curriculum with students from preschool through second grade through partnerships with local community schools, particularly those serving low-income families, including new immigrants and English-language learners. School partnerships will include artist visits with students in their classrooms, and school trips to the Museum to view our exhibits and participate in interactive learning experiences.

Direct programs for children will be enhanced with professional development for artists, teaching artists, educators, and administrators; through workshops that introduce them to our pedagogy and curriculum; and during our monthly gathering called ROUNDS @ Sugar Hill, a forum for open and in-depth discussion of best practices and current issues in early childhood education specifically for practitioners.

For more information on the Museum's Education programs, please contact Jennifer Ifil-Ryan at jen@sugarhillmuseum.org