Fabrice Monteiro, The Prophecy, Untitled #2. Courtesy Mariane Ibrahim Gallery. _x1200

Jessica Hoffman Davis Keynote Address for Kidspace Summer Teachers Institute: Free to Public at the Clark

For immediate release: July 17, 2012

On Monday, July 30 at 4 p.m., Jessica Hoffman Davis will deliver the keynote address for the inaugural Kidspace Summer Teachers Institute. The event, held at the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute, is free and open to the public. A reception will follow the address where Davis will be available for book signings.

Jessica Hoffmann Davis will focus her talk on the curious nature of children and how their interests and discoveries are expressed in art. She will discuss the importance of involving children in art-making and viewing as it relates to their cognitive and social development. Davis has focused extensively on the importance of arts learning in her roles as a visual artist, writer, cognitive developmental psychologist, and educator. She founded the Arts in Education Program at Harvard University’s Graduate School of Education. Her book Why Our High Schools Need the Arts (2011), Teachers College Press, is the most recent addition to a long list of research that Davis has published to explain the possibilities of arts-learning. Davis has served as an advisor to the President’s Council on the Arts and Humanities’ At-Risk Youth Project and to the Arts Education Partnership’s Committee on Higher Education Collaborations. She is the recipient of the Irene Buck Service to Arts Education and Sesame Workshop Sunny Days awards. Davis holds a Doctorate in Human Development and Psychology and a Master’s in Teaching, Learning, and Curriculum Environments from Harvard University.

Kidspace is the collaborative arts education program run by the Williams College Museum of Art (WCMA), the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute (the Clark) and MASS MoCA.  This year marks the inaugural Summer Teachers Institute, which runs from July 30 to August 3, 2012. The annual institute provides professional development for teachers who wish to incorporate arts-based teaching strategies in pre-kindergarten through eighth grade classrooms.

The Clark is located at 225 South Street.  For more information, call (413) 458-2303 or visit www.clarkart.edu.


Williams College Museum of Art

The Williams College Museum of Art is located on Main Street in Williamstown, Massachusetts. It is open Tuesday through Saturday from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday from 1:00 to 5:00 p.m. The museum is wheelchair accessible and open to the public. Admission is FREE. For more information, contact the museum at (413) 597-2429 or visit wcma.williams.edu.


Williams College

Founded in 1793, Williams College is the second oldest institution of higher learning in Massachusetts. The college’s 2,000 students are taught by a faculty noted for the quality of their teaching and research, and the achievement of academic goals includes active participation of students with faculty in their research. Students’ educational experience is enriched by the residential campus environment in Williamstown, Mass., which provides a host of opportunities for interaction with one another and with faculty beyond the classroom. Admission decisions are made regardless of a student’s financial ability, and the college provides grants and other assistance to meet the demonstrated needs of all who are admitted.