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The Godwin-Ternbach Museum has an active education program in collaboration with the Queens College Division of Education, which includes Art Education, Secondary Education and Youth Services, and Elementary & Early Childhood Education. Queens College’s Division of Education is one of the top three institutions in New York State for training of New York City teachers. Partnerships with local schools such as PS 499 and Townsend-Harris High School, located adjacent to the Queens College campus, have made the Museum a vital center for art, cultural, and interdisciplinary education. Through a special relationship with the Lincoln Center Institute for the Arts in Education, the Godwin-Ternbach Museum has welcomed teachers and students from schools throughout Queens, Long Island, and Manhattan, from Early Childhood through high-school level classes.

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Together with the Division of Education, the Museum offers teacher workshops led by award-winning education professors and teachers currently enrolled in the Graduate Education program. These workshops utilize manuals specially-designed for each exhibition that include curriculum materials with study and activity guides, printed images, and slides or CD-ROMs for in-school and museum use. In the past two years, since the inception of this program, over 100 teachers have attended these training workshops and hundreds of students have visited the Museum for interactive tours and activities.

In 2005 educational materials will be put on-line to allow access for educational purposes. Additionally, a special pilot project, Image and Word, will develop interdisciplinary curriculum in the arts and sciences at the secondary school level, to integrate the museum's collection with “core curriculum” themes.

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Adult & Community Education

Programs at the Godwin-Ternbach Museum are open to the public and designed to address the widest public audience possible. Weekly docent tours, exhibition gallery talks by curators and artists, lectures by noted scholars and writers in their fields, literary readings, film series and opening receptions, and other special events serve the adult and senior communities of Queens and the surrounding areas of New York and Long Island.

As a public institution, the Museum strives to create exhibitions that reflect community interests. If you have any suggestions for exhibitions related to your community, please send us your ideas. Some previous exhibitions we have organized along these lines include Memory and History and The Light of Infinite Wisdom: Asian Art from the Godwin-Ternbach Museum and Other Collections. Private tours on a no-fee or low-fee basis are offered to senior centers, women’s clubs, academic and community associations, alumni, QC adult education classes, and many others, as part of the Museum’s mission to provide educational and cultural opportunities for all.

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