Since 2001, Dia has worked closely with the Beacon City School District (BCSD) to develop the in-depth Arts Education Program for students of Beacon public schools. Beginning with a pilot course taught at Beacon High School during the 2001–02 school year, it has since expanded to reach roughly 250 students per year at the second grade, middle, and high school levels.
In collaboration with Dia’s education department, highly qualified and trained artist educators design and deliver original curricula for intensive, multi-week programs. In keeping with the innovative nature of the collection on view in Beacon, students are introduced to new concepts and modes of artistic practice through direct engagement with contemporary art. Combining on-site and classroom visits, the Arts Education Program utilizes Dia's expansive collection to foster discovery and conceptual awareness for students, bringing the idea that art is an active, self-determined experience directly into the classroom.
The teaching methods of the Arts Education Program are progressive and responsive to the needs of each classroom, thoughtfully incorporating the New York State Learning Standards for the Arts, and whenever possible, the Common Core Learning Standards. Learn more about our artist educators