From the very beginning 62 years ago, the ICA’s mission included the dissemination of knowledge about cultural heritage preservation. For nearly as long, ICA has also been committed to providing quality educational experiences for students interested in careers in the arts.
Today, through our art@work program, ICA combines interdisciplinary student experiences that bring STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math) education to life, while we continue to conduct outreach and education for those in need of instruction in conservation topics.
The Education Outreach Officer and conservation staff work with institutions and the public to determine preservation training needs and develop a range of educational offerings to address those needs. Regular programming includes workshops, symposia, and lecture series, additionally the Education Division provides outreach services including surveys, disaster response assistance, and grant assistance.
Each year ICA selects one area high school senior for the onsite student experience program. Applications are available by contacting the Education Outreach Officer, Jennifer Souers Chevraux, and are accepted from September through January. In addition, ICA offers undergraduate internships to students throughout the year, through a highly competitive selection process.
Classes interested in the intersection of art and science will find a trip to the ICA to be an experience unlike other museum tours. Teachers are encouraged to contact Jennifer via email, firstname.lastname@example.org to arrange a free tour of the ICA’s conservation facility for their middle school and high school students. Classroom programs for Pre-K and elementary school students on “Why Old Things Are Special” may also be arranged by contacting Jennifer at the ICA.