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Hartwick College’s Yager Museum Receives GET SET Grant

November 20, 2013

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture at Hartwick College recently received a GET SET grant in the amount of $3,000. With the funding, the museum will secure the services of trainers from Visual Thinking Strategies, Inc. of Brooklyn, N.Y. to train museum staff and students in important educational practices. The training will increase the museum's success in connecting with its audiences both on- and off-campus.

Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS) is a nationally recognized leader in the theory and practice of object-based learning. Its techniques were developed by museum educators and educational psychologists to help visitors to connect directly with art and artifacts on their own terms, as well as to increase visitor curiosity and self-confidence in museum learning. VTS Trainer Amy Chase Gulden and a VTS Coach will come to the Yager Museum to share educational methodology with museum staff and students. After review of the Yager Museum's new interpretive plan, VTS representatives have affirmed that the training will be a critical building block for public programming.

The GET SET grant from the New York State Council on the Arts is administered by the Museum Association of New York. The grant is one of a series of grants offered to help museums and historical societies strengthen and develop their institutions and work with their communities. These grants are designed to make it easy for organizations to access professional help and improve their institutions. To learn more about these grant programs, eligibility requirements, and deadlines, visit the Museum Association of New York's website at www.manyonline.org or contact the Association by email at info@manyonline.org or by phone at (518) 273-3400.

The Yager Museum of Art & Culture Museum is, located at on the first floor of Yager Hall, on the Hartwick College campus in Oneonta, New York. It is open Tuesday through Saturday, noon to 4:30; the museum is closed during academic holidays. For more information, call (607) 431-4488. The public is encouraged to attend and while donations are welcomed, admission to the museum is free.

For more information on the Yager Museum, contact Museum Coordinator Donna Anderson at 607-431-4423 or andersond@hartwick.edu.

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Hartwick College is a private liberal arts and sciences college of 1,500 students, located in Oneonta, NY, in the northern foothills of the Catskill Mountains. Hartwick's expansive curriculum emphasizes an experiential approach to the liberal arts. Through personalized teaching, collaborative research, a distinctive January Term, a wide range of internships, and vast study-abroad opportunities, Hartwick ensures that students are prepared for not just their first jobs, but for the world ahead. A Three-Year Bachelor's Degree Program and strong financial aid and scholarship offerings keep a Hartwick education affordable.

Contact: Valerie Capullo
E-mail: capullov@hartwick.edu 
Phone: 607-431-4031