VISUAL THINKING STUDIOS

VTS in New York and New Jersey

VTS has a long history in New York City, with its roots beginning at MoMA. Since 2006, the establishment of VTS programs in city public schools has been gaining momentum.

We are grateful to the New York State Council on the Arts, and Bill and Lisa Westheimer of NJ for their early support of schools in NYC and NJ respectively. And thanks to gifts from the HILO Foundation, The New York Community Trust, and the Matisse Foundation, we have been able to provide grants to subsidize starting costs for many schools, as well as provide every classroom teacher with initial VTS training in treasured museum collections across the city.

Current VTS Schools in New York:

  • PS 110, Brooklyn
  • PS 119, Brooklyn
  • PS 274, Brooklyn
  • PS 84, Brooklyn
  • PS 20, Queens
  • The Ethical Community Charter School, Brooklyn
  • Bronx Charter School for the Arts, Bronx
  • Bronx Envision High School
  • Empower Charter School, Brooklyn
  • West Side Montessori School

VTS-SIP “Supporting Inquiry Project”
(13 Pilot schools, with support of the New York Community Trust, NYC DOE, Cluster 4, including Networks 401, 408 & 410):

  • Bronx: PS 71, PS 61, PS 161, Bronx Envision HS
  • Brooklyn: PS 156, PS 189, PS 316, PS 627
  • Manhattan: PS 83
  • Queens: PS 143

Recent graduate VTS schools:

  • PS 159, Bronx
  • PS 123, Brooklyn
  • PS 212, Jackson Heights Queens
  • PS 145, Brooklyn
  • PS 49, Middle Village, Queens

Our professional development has honed the skills of staff facilitating VTS discussions throughout many of the city's cherished art collections, including:

  • The American Folk Art Museum
  • The Brooklyn Museum
  • The Queens Museum of Art
  • El Museo del Barrio
  • The American Folk Art Museum
  • The Museum of the City of New York
  • The New York Historical Society
  • The American Museum of Natural History
  • The International Center of Photography 
  • The Isamu Noguchi Museum, Queens
  • Cathedral of St John the Divine
  • Eyebeam Art and Technology Center
  • Lehman College Gallery of Art, Bronx
  • Katonah Museum, Katonah, NY
  • The Newark Museum, Newark, NJ
  • The Montclair Art Museum, Montclair, NJ
  • and contemporary art galleries in the Chelsea neighborhood

Arts & Education Partners:

  • BRIC-Arts-Media-Brooklyn
  • Community Word Project, NYC
  • Joan Mitchell Foundation, NYC
  • Brooklyn Arts Council
  • The DreamYard Project, Bronx

Special Projects:

  • Picturing America - VTS training for educators using a series of images distributed by the National Endowment for the Humanities. With the Newark Museum and NYC-DOE.
  • Culture and Literacy Through Art – for the 21st Century (CALTA21), a model initiative designed to engage and empower adult immigrant English language learners and their families, bringing together community colleges and area museums. Funded by the Institute of Museum and Library Services.
  • VTS-SIP “Supporting Inquiry Project”

VTS at the Newark Museum of Art

The Newark Museum of Art hosted professional development workshops for 200 school teachers from across the United States. The workshops focused on ways to use American art to connect with the study of American history and culture. Featured was the curriculum set developed by the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) called "Picturing America," enhanced with examples of American art from its own collection.  The workshops also featured prominent American scholars and specialists ("Visual Thinking Strategies" and new media).

Amy Chase Gulden
Regional Director, VTS New York City
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VTS in New York is partially funded by:

  • Nathan Cummings Foundation
  • The NY Department of Cultural Affairs
  • The New York Community Trust
  • The Matisse Foundation
  • The Lambent Foundation
  • Agnes Gund Foundation
  • Hilo Foundation