(Denver, Colo.) – January 25, 2012 – Explore the expanded virtual campus of Denver Art Museum’s (DAM) Creativity Resource for Teachers, a unique website developed by teachers for teachers that uses the museum’s world-class art collections to inspire creativity in students with more than 100 adaptable lesson plans, career resources and a classroom showcase for fresh ideas.
The museum’s nationally recognized and innovative approach to education comes alive in the classroom, infusing its extensive and world-renowned collections into adaptable teacher-designed exercises that engage students in new ways. A robust collection of lesson plans complete with high-quality images and information on the art and artists can be easily accessed for use in language arts, social studies and art classrooms.
Teachers will have free, 24/7 access to tools that can enrich their teaching in various ways, including expert blogs written by educators, a showcase of classroom projects and online professional development in the form of webinars and videoconferencing, building on a rich history of teacher workshops hosted at the museum.
“Only the Denver Art Museum can provide a tool like Creativity Resource for Teachers, using our extensive global collection to help teachers meet classroom goals in a creative way that can easily be adapted for any group of students,” said Patterson Williams, head of school and teacher programs at DAM.
All of the lesson plans available through Creativity Resource for Teachers meet the Colorado Academic Standards, key areas that students must effectively master to achieve greater educational success.
“The Denver Art Museum’s Creativity Resource is a great tool that all teachers can use to ensure that school kids in Denver and beyond have a strong educational foundation that highlights the relevance of the arts in our everyday lives,” said Denver First Lady Mary Louise Lee, a champion of education and arts access in the community. “Arts inspire creativity, and using Denver’s own art collection to teach key skills to our students can inspire creative thinking.”
Creativity Resource for Teachers is made possible by a grant from the Morgridge Family Foundation. Additional funding is provided by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment for Education Programs, The Virginia Hill Charitable Foundation, Colorado Creative Industries and the National Endowment for the Arts, Xcel Energy Foundation, the Anna and John J. Sie Foundation, and The Japan Foundation. We thank our colleagues at the University of Denver Morgridge College of Education.
Creativity Resource for Teachers was launched during an event at Cory Elementary School in Denver, where teachers and students had the opportunity to explore the program.
“At Cory, our program is founded on the goal of providing differentiated instruction to meet our students’ individual needs,” said Julia Shepherd, Principal of Cory Elementary and the new Creativity Challenge Community School to be located on the Merrill Middle School campus for the 2012-13 school year. “Creativity Resource for Teachers is a valuable tool for developing the creative-thinking skills our students will need to thrive in a 21st century global economy, including solving problems, learning collaboratively and thinking critically. We are fortunate to have the Denver Art Museum as a community partner for C3 to help us develop these vital skills with students.”