Parrish Wins Arts Ed Grant to Support Three Local Schools

The Institute of Museum and Library Services, a federal agency that funds those entities, has awarded the Parrish Art Museum in Water Mill a three-year, $83,495 grant for an initiative called Art + Language: A New Design for Learning in three South Fork schools.

The Bridgehampton School is one of them, along with Southampton and Tuckahoe. The Parrish's program was one of 206 projects chosen for funding by the institute out of more than 500 across the country.

"In partnership with the schools, we will develop, implement, and evaluate visual arts-based units of study based on the museum's permanent collection that will support Common Core state standards and address key components of the national Core Art standards," Cara Conklin-Wingfield, the director of education at the Parrish, said in a statement. "This new initiative will support teaching and learning in schools that are under the combined pressures of budget cuts, new standards, and a steadily increasing number of English-language learners."

The program is designed to help children in grades four through seven and nine "find personal meaning and relevance in works of art," according to the Parrish.

Robin Gianis, the art teacher at the Bridgehampton School, predicted the program "will be a catalyst for transforming innovative instruction within our local schools."

"Kids won't be limited to seeing art on screens or in books -- they will experience it in person, make deeper connections, enlarge their vision, be inspired, and develop their perspective," she said in an email. "The exchange of ideas between museum staff and teachers in the community will result in more meaningful curricular connections. We will develop resources: lessons and units for studio, criticism, aesthetics, and history. These resources for links across subject matter will be shared with the broader community."