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With no gallery space and its building closed to the public, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University created a virtual studio space and worked with teachers to connect students to art. Assistant Curator and Museum Educator Sean Conklin provided hybrid asynchronous days for teachers using digital tools and providing pickup and drop off art supplies. Using an artwork not normally accessible to the public, Faith Ringgold’s Sunflower: Quilting Bee at Arles, the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts partnered with the African American Center for Cultural Development in Olean, NY in a virtual object based learning activity for sixth grade students to better understand the prominence of quilts in Black art and culture by making their own story quilt.
The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts is one of 98 museums across NYS participating in MANY’s “Building “Building Capacity, Creating Sustainability, Growing Accessibility”, an IMLS CARES Act grant project designed to help museums impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic share their collections and reach audiences who cannot physically visit their museums.
This project was made possible in part by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
Learn more about “Building Capacity”: https://nysmuseums.org/IMLS
Learn more about the Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts: https://www.sbu.edu/life-at-sbu/arts-events/regina-a.-quick-center-for-the-arts