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Re: Why Would Teachers not use Museum Educational Curriculum-long answer-

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Rdunkelart_at_TeacherArtExchange
Date: Sun Oct 15 2000 - 09:02:01 PDT


In a message dated 10/15/00 7:50:29 AM Central Daylight Time,
kprs@cybernex.net writes:

<< Come visit us, have
a museum on wheels. Come see the clientel Come see that we are running as
fast as we can, doing the best we can to have an art experience for kids
that is
within the budget, within the time constraints, within the facilities, and
within
our board's restrictions) >>

San D. made a good point in the above statement. I have asked St. Louis Art
Museum to do just this. they can;t. I have asked one close by in Columbia
Mo.
which does have an outreach to schools close by but not in the rural areas
that do need them. I have asked but no one seems to listen.

I have ordered materials from museums. I used my own personal slide
projector which stopped working. I tried to order a new one $500.00 no money
for that. Used projector is chancey at best and could ruin Museums slides.
Videos are great but chancey as I can;t show nudes and skipping over that
portion is not always effective. I;m not allowed to tape and edit due to the
law. I too wish that museums would have more outreach programs like the
Bookmobile but Art Museum Mobile. They (art museums ) have elaborate dinners
and fundraisers - couldn';t one of those be for getting to the rural areas.
I take one field trip a year with the third graders to a town about 1 hour
away by school bus. this is great.but limited. St. Louis Art Museum
is close for me 2 l/1 hours (6 hours travel round trip at least) away but
impossible for a school day unless we stayed overnight - no thanks to the
headaches and expense

Think I will forward all the e-mail that has to do with this subject to all
the Art museums in my state of Missouri and see what response I get. Thanks
to all
Roberta