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About ArtsConnectEd



Institution 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
Flickr API
H264 Streaming Module
JW FLV Player
LivePipe ratings
PHP Solr Client
PKP OAI Harvester
Youtube API

Project Team
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
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.

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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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Added to Site: April 9, 2009