The School of the Art Institute of Chicago (SAIC) and the Art Institute of Chicago launched the Museum Education Graduate Scholars Program in fall 2017, a collaboration between the museum’s Department of Learning and Public Engagement and the school’s Graduate Division.
Organized around three components spanning two semesters—a seminar, a museum placement practicum, and an applied research project—the partnership provides practical experience and theoretical grounding in museum education for 10 students enrolled in any graduate program at the school. Intended for SAIC students from across the entire range of graduate programs, the seminar and the practicum are designed to train artists, designers, writers, and architects, as well as art historians and administrators, to engage visitors with museum objects and spaces from the perspective of their respective fields of practice.
The program builds upon the unique and historic relationship between a premier art and design school and a world-class museum. The collaboration amplifies the role the school and museum play in championing the power of art in education and in people’s lives, promoting equitable engagement with art among the broadest audiences and strengthening the fabric of communities and the life of Chicago.