April 1: Going Beyond the Art Room

Going Beyond the Art Room:
Engaging Diverse Learners in Museum & Community Arts Settings
Session Partners: Moore College of Art & Design, The Barnes Foundation, The Franklin Institute, ArtWell

All tickets include a light breakfast, a full lunch, professional development hours and free access to The Barnes Foundation and Franklin Institute during session times. 

  • $35 includes a light breakfast, a full lunch and free access to The Barnes Foundation and Franklin Institute during session times.
  • $20 for all Moore Alumni
  • FREE for all students from any college or university
  • FREE for all Moore Faculty and Staff
  • 6.5 Professional Development and ACT 48 hours are provided


8:30am-9:00 Coffee and Networking
9:00-9:20 Welcome
9:30-10:50 1st Session
11:00-12:15 Lunch & Keynote
12:25-1:45 2nd Session
1:55-3:15 3rd Session
3:15-3:30 Wrap Up on Each Site

Parking: The Kennedy House is offering $7 parking for the day. Their parking entrance is at 19th & Cuthbert St. Bring your parking voucher with you to Moore to receive the discounted rate. Note: There is construction going on in this area, so do give yourself a little extra time for parking.

Through the healing power of art, Mike O’Bryan (UArts‘07) serves as an advocate for youth rights and social change in underserved communities. His professional experience touches the worlds of performance art, public health and trauma informed care. Much of his work has centered on amplifying the voices of marginalized populations including: adjudicated youth, youth and families experiencing homelessness, and migrant farm-workers. Past projects include work with: Project HOME, WURD 900AM, ASTEP, The University of Miami’s Community and Educational Well-Being Research Center, and The City of Philadelphia Mural Arts Program. Mike was awarded “Child Advocate of The Year, 2014” for the Philadelphia Region through The Pennsylvania Department of Education for his work assisting youth living in emergency housing and also named a 2016 “Hero for The Homeless” by One Step Away. Currently, he serves as Senior Manager of Youth Programs at The Village of Arts and Humanities and as Project Manager of SMASH, a collaborative trauma and wellness initiative between The US Attorney’s Office (Eastern PA District) and The ANDRUS Sanctuary Institute.

“Arguably the number one public health crisis that we have right now is connectivity and access to supportive healthy peers and mentors. Children and adults need to learn new ways of coping, ways of perceiving, and collaborative ways of moving forward, overcoming challenges and problems. That’s what everybody needs and the arts provide that.”

The Barnes Foundation
Learn a new appreciation of the fine arts through progressive, experimental, and interdisciplinary teaching and learning while creating adaptive tour and lesson tools at The Barnes Foundation. Experience how to construct interactive and engaging opportunities with artworks in the Barnes galleries using the principles of Universal Design for Learning.

The Franklin Institute
“To Accessibility and Beyond: Rethinking the Museum Experience for the Classroom”

Team up with museum education experts to explore how museum-style learning can benefit all learners, especially those with disabilities. In this hands-on workshop, participants will engage in STEAM activities and connect the strengths of the museum to their classroom practices to help increase access for everyone.

ArtWell (hosted at Moore)
“Fostering Social Emotional Learning and Social Justice through Arts Partnerships”
Learn how ArtWell partners with schools and art teachers through teaching-artist residencies and Professional Development, and experience hands-on techniques to integrate reflection, social emotional learning, and social justice into arts education.