The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City is more than just one of the most venerable art museums in the world. Since 2007, MoMA has been the gateway to art for a group that has been historically underserved and overlooked by museum education—adult literacy students.
MoMA’s Community Partnership program works with nonprofit and community-based organizations throughout New York City to create new ways of accessing the museum’s collection. These first-time visitors tour the studios and gallery spaces to look at, discuss, and even create art. The result is MoMA’s Second Biennial Community Partner Art Show, which was on view from May 25 to July 9.
In addition to adult learners, MoMA’s program includes incarcerated teens, post-incarcerated adults, HIV/AIDS service organizations, homeless initiatives, and job training centers.
“We salute MoMA for embracing the important link between literacy, education, and the arts,” says David C. Harvey, president and CEO of ProLiteracy. “Programs like these remind us how important it is for all of us to explore our culture and the arts and to realize this is an integral part of adult education.”
For more information about MoMA’s community work, visit the MoMA website.