art@work = Student Opportunities at ICA

Hiroshige & RileyFrom the very beginning 62 years ago, ICA has 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 Science) education to life.

Each year ICA selects one area high school senior for the onsite student experience program. In May 2014, ICA hosted Riley Thomas, a senior at Avon Lake High School, during her month-long senior project.

Riley & Bao-BaoDuring her time at the ICA, Riley had the opportunity to work in all four conservation labs, the education department, and spend time off-site at partner organizations including the Cleveland Museum of Art, the Transformer Station, and Grays Auctioneers. Riley gained valuable experience she will took with her in the fall when she headed to the University of Delaware to pursue an undergraduate degree in art conservation. Riley returned to the ICA in early January 2015 and will spend this month furthering her conservation lab experience.

Riley working on lampApplications are currently being accepted for 2015 senior experiences, and are available by contacting ICA Education Outreach Officer, Jennifer Souers Chevraux.

Middle school and high school teachers 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, jennifersc@ica-artconservation.org to arrange a free tour of the ICA’s conservation facility for their students.

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