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The Harvard Art Museums have always considered Harvard faculty and students as key partners—we have encouraged them to experience our exhibitions, study original works of art, and explore our rich digital collections and archival resources. ArtisTalks, scholarly lectures, symposia, and gallery programs contribute to research that relates to intellectual and creative currents on campus.

Museum educators, curators, conservators, and technologists have consulted with faculty from across disciplines on how the collections might support course goals. We have been available to identify relevant works of art for discussion and research, facilitate conversations that connect works of art to course concepts, and train teaching Fellows to encourage close looking and critical thinking skills in encounters with our collections. We have collaborated with faculty members to develop collections-based assignments, such as virtual exhibitions, research papers, musical compositions, and presentations in various languages.

In our renovated facility, which will open in November 2014, the Division of Academic and Public Programs will not only continue these collaborations, but will expand on them, deepening the connections between campus and the Harvard Art Museums.
 
The Harvard Art Museums are a university-wide resource. We work to foster close relationships with faculty across all disciplines at Harvard, including the physical and social sciences, engineering, medicine, business, performing arts, and the humanities. We offer many platforms to support teaching and learning, including a 300-seat, state-of-the-art lecture hall; the Art Study Center, providing opportunities for close, sustained viewing of artwork; and the University Galleries, installed in conjunction with faculty to complement their courses. This document, “A Sketch of the New Harvard Art Museums,” outlines our ideas on how we can support the core mission of the university.

If you are a member of the Harvard faculty and would like to learn more about how to incorporate the museums’ collections, programming, and research into your course planning, please contact jessica_martinez [at] harvard [dot] edu (Jessica Levin Martinez), Director of the Division of Academic and Public Programs, at 617-495-9615.