Art in Society

High School and Middle School Students

Art in Society (AiS) is a gallery tour and arts education program for regional high school and middle school students and teachers. AiS stresses skills in critical thinking through multidisciplinary approaches to visual literacy and the study and making of art. Based on a multilevel model of reading, AiS teaches students techniques in ‘reading’ art, which transfer directly to reading life in society—skills important for survival in today’s media-saturated world. The program introduces art making as a medium of response to questions that may arise in history, social studies, literature, or sciences classes, as well as in the fine arts.

AiS offers:

  • An interactive gallery tour and discussion of exhibition themes
  • Art-making workshops at the gallery or participating schools, developing student responses to exhibition themes (art supplies – provided)

Experienced New Jersey artists are employed and trained to conduct tours and art-making workshops. AiS is free to participating schools thanks to funding support provided, in part, by a grant from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts.

Artist Educator Joseph Sabatino works alongside high school students during an Art in Society workshop

Artist Educator Joseph Sabatino works alongside high school students during an Art in Society workshop

“For our teaching staff, the experience of Art in Society reinforced the vital and integral role of the arts in the education of the ‘Whole child,’ while lending support to the political might of the arts as an agent for information, change, and improvement.” -William May, Director, Office of Visual and Performing Arts, Newark Public Schools