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About ArtsConnectEd

General Description
ArtsConnectEd is an interactive Web site that provides access to works of art and educational resources from the Minneapolis Institute of Arts and Walker Art Center for K-12 educators, students, and scholars. Art Finder, ArtsConnectEd’s searchable environment, is where users can browse the museums’ digitalized items including Works of Art, Texts, Audio and Video, and Interactive Resources.  Art Collector empowers users to save, customize, present, and share items in Art Collector Sets.
 
Founding of ArtsConnectEd
In 1997 the MIA and WAC received joint funding from the state of Minnesota to digitize and integrate the collections and education resources of both museums.  The original ArtsConnectEd launched in 1998, winning a Best of the Web Educational Site from Museums and the Web and a Gold Muse Award from the American Association of Museum’s Media and Technology Committee in the spring of 1999.
With additional funding from the state of Minnesota, the Education Committee began to explore strategies for training teachers to use ArtsConnectEd through a train-the-trainer model, based on one lead trainer developing a highly skilled core group of teachers from around the state, who would in turn conduct teacher workshops in their regions. To date, more than 3,500 K-12 and pre-service teachers have participated in workshops focusing on the effective classroom use of ArtsConnectEd. During fiscal year 2008, ArtsConnectEd had over 2 million unique user sessions.
             
2008-2009 ArtsConnectEd Re-design
On September 26, 2006, the Institute of Museum and Library Services announced the 2006 National Leadership Grant recipients. The Walker Art Center and the Minneapolis Institute of Arts were awarded a grant to:

  • Improve and expand ArtsConnectEd functionality by redesigning the Web site.
  • Empower museum educators and classroom teachers to create and manage educational content from museum assets through new online tools.
  • Redefine the relationship of museum educators to both their institutions and the K-12 education community by achieving project outcomes.

The project proposal may be viewed in the Grants & Reports section of the project site.
 
Project Site
This site provides documentation of the work to improve and update ArtsConnectEd. 

Technical Information
ArtsConnectEd is written in PHP using the Symfony Web framework.  We have used open source tools and packages wherever possible to support our development, and the project would not have been possible without the hard work that went into these tools.  Here, then, is a partial list of software we've used in ArtsConnectEd, along with a huge "thank you" to the authors.

Apache Solr http://lucene.apache.org/solr/
ffmpeg http://www.ffmpeg.org/
Firebug  http://www.getfirebug.com/
Flickr API http://www.flickr.com/
H264 Streaming Module http://h264.code-shop.com/
IIPSrv http://iipimage.sourceforge.net/
imagemagick  http://www.imagemagick.org/
JW FLV Player http://www.longtailvideo.com/
Lighttpd http://www.lighttpd.net/
LivePipe ratings http://livepipe.net/
mysql http://www.mysql.com/
PHP http://www.php.net/
PHP Solr Client https://issues.apache.org/jira/browse/SOLR-341
PKP OAI Harvester http://pkp.sfu.ca/?q=harvester
Prototype http://www.prototypejs.org/
Script.aculo.us http://script.aculo.us/
Slidy http://www.w3.org/Talks/Tools/Slidy/
SWFObject http://code.google.com/p/swfobject/
Symfony http://www.symfony-project.org/
tinymce http://tinymce.moxiecode.com/
Ubuntu http://www.ubuntu.com/
vips http://www.vips.ecs.soton.ac.uk/index.php?title=VIPS
Youtube API http://www.youtube.com/

Project Team
Co-Directors
Treden Wagoner, Technology and Training Specialist, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Susan Rotilie, Program Manager, School Programs, Walker Art Center
 
Project Managers
Scott Sayre, Principal, Sandbox Studios Inc.
Kris Wetterlund, Principal, Sandbox Studios Inc.

Technical Directors
Robin Dowden, Director, New Media Initiatives, Walker Art Center
Jim Ockuly, former Director of Interactive Media, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
 
Education Directors
Kate Johnson, Chair, Education Division, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Sarah Schultz, Director Education and Community Programs, Walker Art Center
 
Lead Developers
Nate Solas, Webmaster/Administrator, New Media Initiatives, Walker Art Center
Brent Gustafson, Senior New Media Designer, Walker Art Center
 
Developers
Andrew David, Webmaster, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Jennifer Jurgens, Interactive Designer, Interactive Media, Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Museum Education Committee
Abigail Anderson, Administrative Assistant, Walker Art Center
Rachel Dubke, Tour and School Programs Coordinator, Walker Art Center 
Courtney Gerber, Assistant Director, Tours Programs, Walker Art Center 
Debbi Hegstrom, Coordinator, Docent Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Ann Isaacson, Coordinator Art Adventure Guide Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Ilene Krug Mojsilov, Art Lab Coordinator, Walker Art Center
Sheila McGuire, Director Museum guide Programs, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Christine McKigney, Coordinator Teacher Outreach Programs, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Cori Quinn, former Manager of Teacher Resources, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Amanda Thompson Rundahl, Coordinator, Collection in Focus Guide Program, Minneapolis Institute of Arts 
Jennifer Tondera, Intern
 
Teacher Advisory Group "Power-Users"
Dave Beaman, art educator , Perpich Center for Arts Education (retired) 
Dr. Faith Clover, Lecturer, Department of Curriculum and Instruction, University of Minnesota 
Denise Cronin, Art Teacher, Hale Community School, Minneapolis Public Schools
Craig Farmer,Art History Instructor, The Perpich Center for Arts Education
Kate Furlong, Assistant Professor, Art Education, The University of St. Catherine
Deb Hannu, Art Specialist, Duluth Public Schools
Gerard Kulzer, Art Dept. Chair, Litchfield High School
Kevan Nitzberg, Art Department Chair, Anoka High School
Jeff Pridie, Art Specialist, Waterville Schools 
Pam Teorey, Art Dept Chair, Lakeville North High School

Project Evaluators
Debra Ingram and Judy L. Meath, Center for Applied Research and Educational Improvement, University of Minnesota (CAREI)

Technical Writer
Jamie C. Davis, Jacobson Consulting Applications, Inc.
  
Credits

IMLS logo
The project to improve ArtsConnectEd was funded by an Institute of Museum and Library Services National Leadership grant. The Institute of Museum and Library Services is the primary source of federal support for the nation’s 122,000 libraries and 17,500 museums. The Institute's mission is to create strong libraries and museums that connect people to information and ideas.

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Terms of Use

Note: these Terms of Use may be updated without notice.

Registered Users
ArtsConnectEd user accounts are for users who wish to share educational materials that they themselves have created for personal and/or classroom use. All registered users are subject to these Terms of Use.

Submissions and User-Created Content

All user-created content, including but not limited to comments, tags, images, external links, user-created content, and text, is the responsibility of the user who posted that content. ArtsConnectEd users are strictly prohibited from posting or transmitting any unlawful, offensive, or threatening material or any material that could constitute a criminal offense, a violation of privacy or publicity, give rise to civil liability, or otherwise violate any law. ArtsConnectEd retains the right, but not the obligation, to inspect, remove, refuse or delete this content at its sole discretion.

ArtsConnectEd assumes no responsibility or liability resulting from user-created content.

Copyright
All content including images, text documents, audio, video, and interactive media published within the ArtsConnectEd Web site by the two partner organizations is for noncommercial, educational and/or personal use only. Any commercial use or republication is strictly prohibited. Copying, redistribution, or exploitation for personal or corporate gain is not permitted.

For information on the use of reproductions for publishing and/or commercial use, contact either:
The Minneapolis Institute of Arts
Heidi S. Raatz
Visual Resources Librarian
telephone (612) 870-3196
e-mail permissions@artsmia.org
or
Walker Art Center
Loren Smith
Assistant Registrar
telephone (612) 375-7673
e-mail rights.reproductions@walkerart.org

Privacy
ArtsConnectEd respects its users’ privacy. ArtsConnectEd will not sell, trade, rent, or otherwise distribute users’ personal information. E-mail addresses will be used only for communications regarding ArtsConnectEd. Statistics are compiled without collecting or storing personally identifying information.

ArtsConnectEd does not use “cookies” to collect or store any personally identifying information about users. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from the ArtsConnectEd Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are used only to keep track of the items in Art Collector. If you choose to reject cookies, you will still be able to use ArtsConnectEd but you will not be able to build an Art Collector Set.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
ArtsConnectEd complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which states that no Web site operator can require, as a condition of participation in an activity, that a child under the age of 13 disclose more information than is reasonably necessary for participation in that activity. All registered users are asked to provide their date of birth. Users may choose to register with or without an e-mail address. If a user under the age of 13 registers with an e-mail address, this address is stored using one-way encryption and will be used only for account verification. All other personally identifying information such as school, city and state is optional.

Usernames
Users may not choose any word that is considered profane or derogatory as their user name. User names need not be real names.

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Privacy Policy

ArtsConnectEd respects its users’ privacy. ArtsConnectEd will not sell, trade, rent, or otherwise distribute users’ personal information. E-mail addresses will be used only for communications regarding ArtsConnectEd. Statistics are compiled without collecting or storing personally identifying information.

ArtsConnectEd does not use “cookies” to collect or store any personally identifying information about users. A cookie is a small amount of data that is sent to your browser from the ArtsConnectEd Web server and stored on your computer's hard drive. Cookies are used only to keep track of the items in Art Collector. If you choose to reject cookies, you will still be able to use ArtsConnectEd but you will not be able to build an Art Collector Set.

Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA)
ArtsConnectEd complies with the Children's Online Privacy Protection Act, which states that no Web site operator can require, as a condition of participation in an activity, that a child under the age of 13 disclose more information than is reasonably necessary for participation in that activity. All registered users are asked to provide their date of birth. Users may choose to register with or without an e-mail address. If a user under the age of 13 registers with an e-mail address, this address is stored using one-way encryption and will be used only for account verification. All other personally identifying information such as school, city and state is optional.

Note: User names need not be real names.

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Internal Messages from ArtsConnectEd

ArtsConnectEd has an internal messaging system. This system is used solely by the site's administrators to contact users. Most often this is to indicate the status of an Art Collector Set submitted for publication. For more information on submitting a Set, click here.


To access your internal messages:

  1. If you are not logged into ArtsConnectEd, log in now:
  • Click the SIGN IN button in the top left-hand corner of the Web page.
  • Enter the Username and Password you created when you registered.
  • Click the SIGN IN button again.
  1. Once you are logged in your user or display name appears on the left in the black bar at the top of each page.
  2. If you have an internal message in your in box you will see an envelope icon immediately to the right of your user or display name (see figure 1).
  3. Click the envelope icon to view the list of messages in your in box.
  4. To view a message click on its subject.
  5. To delete a message from your in box, click the delete icon (red circle with a white minus "-" sign).

Figure 1. In Box Icon

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