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Success in School Partnerships

Friday, February 16, 2024

12 - 1:30 PM EST

Museum and school partnerships offer many benefits for both museums and schools, fostering a more holistic approach to learning. Founded in 1994, The NYC Museum School is a groundbreaking public secondary school that leverages museums and cultural resources to spark curiosity, support student success and serves as a learning laboratory and the ultimate museum-school partnership.

Learning Through Art is the Guggenheim Museum’s hallmark artist-in-residency program, sending experienced teaching artists into New York City public schools where they collaborate with classroom teachers to develop, facilitate, and integrate art projects into the school curriculum. 

Join MANY and MuseumHue to learn more from The NYC Museum School co-founders, Ronald Chaluisan, then an experienced classroom teacher and now a leader in education reform, and Sonnet Takahisa, a long time museum educator, offer a brief history and discuss the context for the school's planning, the development of logistics and pedagogical practices, and reflect on organizational partnering and their thirty-plus years of personal and professional collaboration. Michelle Wohlgemuth, Manager of School Programs at the Guggenheim Museum will share how Learning Through Art has served over 150,000 students from diverse economic and cultural backgrounds in all five boroughs of New York City.

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Michelle Wohlgemuth Cooper

Manager, School Programs

Guggenheim Museum

Michelle Wohlgemuth Cooper is the Manager of School Programs at the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum. She holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Sociology and Studio Art from Tulane University as well as a Master’s degree in Museum Education from Bank Street College of Education. Michelle has dedicated much of her career to serving audiences and placing emphasis on relationship building, trust, learning, and offering meaningful experiences. Prior to the Guggenheim, Michelle has held roles at other NYC museums such as El Museo del Barrio and The Museum of Modern Art developing school, family, access, and community programming. These experiences have led her to continuing on a path driven by meeting the needs of students across New York City, partnering with school communities across all five boroughs. Michelle currently oversees the fifty three year-long Learning Through Art program working directly with students, teaching artists, classroom teachers, principals, and school administrations.  This work has allowed her to connect with people in a very special way and has further motivated her passion to identify ways in which our institutions can powerfully invest in our young audiences and next generation through the arts.

Ron Chaluisan Batlle

Executive Director

Newark Trust for Education

Ronald Chaluis├ín is a visionary leader and strategic innovator, driving transformation through inclusive problem-solving and empowering stakeholders. With a wealth of experience in education, he served as the Executive Director at Newark Trust for Education from September 2016 to September 2023. There, he overhauled the Trust-ParentChild+ program, benefiting 185 Newark families, and spearheaded research to evaluate program efficacy, significantly impacting early learning and positive parenting outcomes. Ronald's dedication to education extends to the arts, and his work at the NYC Museum School showcases his commitment to arts-focused learning. As the Vice President at New Visions for Public Schools from January 2004 to July 2016, he expanded high school seats and achieved remarkable increases in graduation rates. With a Master of Education in Educational Leadership, a Master of Arts in English Literature, and a Bachelor of Arts in English and American Literature and Languages, Ronald combines a deep understanding of education with a passion for social and emotional development. His advocacy for equity, innovation, and community engagement shines through in his numerous publications and leadership in the field. Ronald Chaluis├ín is a strategic thinker and advocate for change, ready to continue shaping the future of education and making a lasting impact.

Sonnet Takahisa


Sonnet Takahisa currently works as an independent consultant in museums, community-based arts and education organizations, and schools.  She focuses on public engagement, community building, and educational reform. She has held leadership roles at numerous museums, including the Boston Children’s Museum, Seattle Art Museum, the Brooklyn Museum, the National September 11 Memorial Museum, the Newark Museum, and the Brooklyn Historical Society. From 1993 – 2003 she was the founding co-director of the NYC Museum School, a groundbreaking public school that engages secondary school students by providing direct access to the resources of cultural institutions. As part of Arts and Cultural Strategies, she consults with arts, education and philanthropic organizations, focusing on institutional planning, teaching and learning strategies, and program development and evaluations. Through ongoing work on not-for-profit arts boards, public and academic presentations, articles, and online interviews, she continues to support innovative leadership, creative partnerships, and approaches that emphasize the importance of remaining relevant and inspiring to one’s communities. She is a board member of the Mid-Atlantic Association of Museums, as well as Strike Anywhere Performance Ensemble, an improvisational theater company that builds community through the gathering and presenting of stories.

This virtual program was organized in partnership with Museum Hue, a nationally recognized organization that works to paint a larger portrait of the arts and culture field by providing greater support and recognition for Black, Indigenous, and people of color throughout museums and other cultural entities across the United States. Founded in 2015, Museum Hue has partnered and collaborated with arts and culture entities throughout the nation. To learn more, visit

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Virtual programs are made possible by the Robert David Lion Gardiner Foundation.

The Museum Association of New York helps shape a better future for museums and museum professionals by uplifting best practices and building organizational capacity through advocacy, training, and networking opportunities.

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