Students discuss artwork at the museum. Aesthetic Education logo with icons for music, dance, visual art, and theatre are superimposed.

Aesthetic Education

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Aesthetic Education was founded by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York.  Aesthetic Education provides classroom teachers with a method to implement inquiry-based, experiential units of study around specific works of art with the support of teaching artists. Through participatory activities and reflections, students further develop their capacities for observation, analysis, questioning, and meaning making, allowing them to deeply engage and experience works of art while making connections to their personal experiences, the outside world, and beyond.

Intended Outcomes of Service:

logo for helpVision:  An educational environment in which art communities and educators come together to transform students into creative, problem-solving, lifelong learners and lovers of the arts.

Mission:  Provide inquiry-based learning experiences for students that harness the power of Muskegon County’s rich art resources and communities.

Examples of Service: 

Classrooms that have joined the Aesthetic Education program and been trained in its use will attend two authentic arts experiences a year and have four in-classroom lessons supported by an Aesthetic Education Teaching Artist per experience.

Intended Audiences:

  • Direct service to student or students
  • Individual classroom teacher

Delivery Methods:

  • Facilitation of a meeting (more than 1 other person)
  • Providing or leading training on a specific topic (conducting a workshop)
  • Working directly with students (instruction/facilitation)
  • Planning with a teacher(s) (1-1 or group)
  • Coordinating an event, activity, or collaboration

Networks Supported:                                                       

  • Aesthetic Education

Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs logo

This activity is supported by the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs.