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The Hispanic Society’s Museum will be closed for extensive renovations from January 2017 through the fall of 2019.  During this period free educational and public programs will continue off-site.

Education Mission
The Education Department at the Hispanic Society uses our collections as a foundation to foster meaningful engagement with the arts, literature and cultures of the Hispanic world through an array of programs for the diverse local, national, and international audiences that it serves. Every year we reach out to the widest possible audience through educational programs and activities that stimulate aesthetic and intellectual engagement, ignite creativity, and promote familiarity with Hispanic art and literature in its historical, cultural, and material contexts. All of our education and public programs are open free to the public.

Museum in the Classroom
Our qualified docents will visit schools to talk about The Hispanic Society Museum & Library collections in the classroom. The students will engage with the arts, literature and cultures of Spain, Latin America, and Portugal through talks, interactive programs and activities.

These visits are offered on Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m., and can be conducted in English and Spanish.

The Drawings of The Hispanic Society
‘The Drawings of the Hispanic Society: Explore and Enjoy the Collection’  is an exciting outreach program for middle and high school students focused on drawings from the Society’s collection. The program seeks to address three fundamental questions: ‘What is drawing?’ ‘What tools and techniques are associated with drawing?’ and ‘Why do we draw?’ Students will attain an understanding of the materials and techniques involved in drawing and its purposes both as a means of communication akin to planning and thinking as well as a complete art form. Throughout the course of the program, students will be introduced to significant ideas in art and culture and will practice observation, articulation, and discussion skills, and further develop their visual literacy. Aligned with NYS Standards and created with the school curriculum in mind, the program is applicable to various disciplines including visual arts, social studies, and language arts, supporting learning across the curriculum. The program includes four in-classroom lessons and a possible exhibition of the drawings in a venue to be determined.

This program is free thanks to the generous support of the New York State Council on the Arts and the New York City Council.

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Music Appreciation
As part of The Hispanic Society Concert Series we offer a music appreciation program that introduces Hispanic music to school groups. Through this program, students attend musical performances and speak with musicians about the history of the music and the instruments.

This program is supported in part by public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with GRoW @ Annenberg, and the Spain Culture New York-Consulate General of Spain.

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For information about the above educational programs and to make a reservation for a school group, send an email to education@hispanicsociety.org or call 212-926-2234 extension 209.

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From left to right: Francisco de Goya, Old Man on Swing, 1824-28 | Student work, P.S./I.S 210 Twentyfirst Century Academy for Community Leadership | Federico de Madrazo y Kunz, Caricature of a pianist, 1849 | Student Work, P.S./I.S. 210 Twentyfirst Century Academy for Community Leadership | All Student Work created in the Museum in the Classroom Program


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