If you’re an educator who’s been longing to follow up on an ambitious research project to develop resources for your classroom, Crystal Bridges offers a terrific opportunity to develop your ideas. Summer plans for one talented educator this year could include four weeks in residence at Crystal Bridges with a $4,000 stipend from the William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship. This annual grant program develops creative cross-curriculum connections between American art and other subjects by funding lesson research based on the resources available in the Crystal Bridges Library. Applications are being accepted now through February 29, 2016, for this year’s fellowship!
High school educators in all teaching subjects from public, private, or charter schools are welcome to apply. The program is designed to foster innovative teaching methods integrating art into lessons on science, social studies, history, or language arts. For example, one previous project, developed by former Reese Fellow Anne Greenwood, used illustrations from the Library’s collection of early American natural history books to tie into a variety of lessons on world history, American history, British literature, American literature, and biology. See more here. Priority will be given to projects that incorporate primary resources from the rare books collection at Crystal Bridges. The rare books collection covers a wide variety of topics including literature, fairy tales, botanical and biological guides, atlases, historical works, and artist books that can capture students’ attention and build critical thinking skills. To search the Library collection, access the online catalog on the Crystal Bridges website. The Reese Fellowships in the Print Culture of the Americas were established by William Reese Company in 1998. Since then over 150 have been funded, supporting research in 18 different institutions. These fellowships seek to encourage research in the history of the book and other print formats, bibliography, and all other aspects of print culture in the Americas including publishing and marketing from the sixteenth century to the present. Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is one of 11 institutions with current Reese Fellowships, and the only one focused on education at the high school level. For more information and fellowship application instructions, click here!