At the Warner Foundation, we’ve been spending time planning for the future of the Foundation, and the work is continuing. At the same time, we’ve been funding interesting work around the country that connects to our mission.
During our planning, we spent time considering what was truly important to Jack Warner and how his enthusiasm for American history, concern for education, and his incomparable zeal for collecting early American art could continue to build upon his impressive legacy.
The work that we have recently been undertaking includes
- Sponsorship of Ashbrook Seminars to Encourage the teaching of American History thru American Art using inquiry methods and primary documents (click here to see one in October 2022 at the New Britain Museum of American Art)
- Enhancing and traveling the Foundation Exhibit “American History in Art” currently at Figge and using it to promote professional development for local teachers of American History and Social Studies.
- Encourage and support other museums to use their art collection to develop resources for local US History and Social Studies teachers in private and public schools. A new RFP will be released soon that will invite specific museums and galleries to respond to these ideals.
- In our monthly e-newsletter, we will feature a work of art from the historic Jack Warner Collection that can be used to teach history in the classroom. A historian will be invited to provide additional historical content and context to encourage teachers to promote inquiry methods of teaching in the classroom. Recommend related primary documents, literature, and music will be included in lesson plans. Click here to view this month’s selected piece “Washington and Gist Cross the Allegheny River.“
We look forward to providing you with new Historical Context to pieces from the collection each month.