The deCordova/LNS partnership is the first of its kind at an American contemporary art museum and was recently named one of the “most innovative projects in the country” by the American Association of Museum’s Center for the Future of Museums.
September 2010 marked the dynamic beginning of a unique partnership between deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum, a contemporary art organization located 20 miles northwest of Boston, and Lincoln Nursery School (LNS), a cooperative preschool for two- to five-year olds located in Lincoln for over sixty years. After a long history of class visits to the Sculpture Park and Museum, LNS and deCordova developed a pilot program that integrated one of the four LNS classes onto deCordova’s campus. From the studio classroom, re-designed to offer an environment of exploration connected to the Park and Museum and student and teachers interests, art, visitors, artists, and projects became part of the children’s everyday learning.
In 2012, the Boards of both institutions voted to become full partners, with Lincoln Nursery School moving its classrooms to deCordova for the start of the 2012-13 school year.
Continuing Opportunities for Professional Development
Lincoln Nursery School and deCordova Sculpture Park and Museum are pleased to offer their shared site and experience as professional development for individuals, schools, museums, or other educational institutions. LNS Director Nancy Fincke and deCordova Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement Julie Bernson, offer individual or co-lead sessions developed in response to attendee’s specific interests. Participants may select from the following topics:
• Place-based Education in an Art Museum Context
• Materials as a Language for Exploration
• Environments as “Teacher” - Documentation
• Learning Groups
• Teachers and Children as Co-Researchers
• Systems that Support Reflective Practice
A non-profit contribution of $60 per person is requested to help support professional development opportunities for Lincoln Nursery School faculty.
Please email Lisa Canning with the intended focus of your visit (see bullets above as a starting point) and numbers attending at firstname.lastname@example.org. The $60 per person contribution may be adjusted for larger groups.
Educational Research Opportunities
LNS and deCordova are also interested in partnering with graduate students, professors, universities, and other researchers to investigate the pedagogy and practice offered by this unique forum for collaborative, experiential, reflective, discovery based, art and nature inspired teaching and learning.
For inquiries, please contact Julie Bernson, deCordova Deputy Director for Learning and Engagement at email@example.com
“What you’ll see today is the culmination of this collaborative effort. It’s really a one-to-one representation of the school, because each child painted a screen that’s roughly their size, and so you’ll see them stand together as a community, and then we’ll populate it…” – Stephanie Cardon
This exhibition is designed to inspire visitors of all ages to take in the exciting natural world that surrounds us at the deCordova sculpture park every day using Lincoln Nursery School’s exploratory methods and discoveries as a starting point. Find it in the Square, alongside the deCordova Store.