Bruce Museum Neighborhood Collaborative Program

Recent studies have indicated that there is direct relationship between museum education and increased student achievement and positive behavioral changes.  According to a study conducted by Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art, students who attended educational programs at the museum “demonstrated stronger critical thinking skills, displayed higher levels of social tolerance, exhibited greater historical empathy and developed a taste for art museums and cultural institutions.” (New York Times, November, 2013).

The Bruce Museum has long recognized the benefits of museum education.  Our Education Department enhances visitors’ ability to understand and appreciate collections and exhibitions each day, with programming available to visitors of all ages and abilities. As part of our dedication to share objects and art – particularly with those who have the greatest need - the museum provides the Neighborhood Collaborative program – an enrichment and education program offered to area, at-risk and low-income youth.

Neighborhood Collaborative education programs:

  • Promote critical thinking, and written and oral expression to students in grades PreK – 12 with the greatest need for expanded learning opportunities.
  • Feature hands-on learning activities using objects from the museum collections and exhibitions, and are often interdisciplinary, addressing various learning styles.
  • Support Junior Educators, high school students trained to lead the afterschool museum programs presented to elementary school-age students, providing a positive role model for younger students.

Serving roughly 25 regional neighborhood centers, social service organizations, extended school day and Head Start programs, Neighborhood Collaborative offers inquiry-based museum instruction at no cost to over 3,000 low-income and at-risk students each year.

Bruce Museum's Hand in Hand Club