Tang Teaching Museum
Program: Special Initiatives
Area of Work: Arts
Grant Purpose: Education and Community
The Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery at Skidmore College is one of the nation’s premier college-based art museums. Tang exhibitions probe the boundaries of conventional curatorial practice, frequently crossing time-periods and disciplines, and encompassing all types of media and objects to explore intersections between the visual and performing arts, natural sciences, and humanities in new and inventive ways.
Purpose: To endow the key position of Assistant Director for Engagement and to create a fund for engagement programs at the Frances Young Tang Teaching Museum and Art Gallery.
The position of the Assistant Director for Engagement (ADE) was designed to extend, enhance, and more effectively coordinate the Museum’s outreach efforts and to provide leadership for public engagement. The ADE ensures that the Museum reaches diverse local, national, and international audiences through the strategic use of exhibitions, other learning experiences, and carefully designed outreach programs.
During the course of the 2015-2020 grant, Tang’s K-12 educators expanded their outreach to bring Tang programming to more than 40% more children, growing from 5,700 students in 2015 to more than 8,000 in 2019. The Tang is also more deeply embedded within the local community, having increased the number of public programs (tours, talks, screenings, receptions, workshops, symposia) from 90 events in 2015 to 160 in 2019.