Academic Engagement

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“The Lowe is not just an art museum. It is a center for learning and engagement.” – Jill Deupi, J.D., Ph.D., Beaux Arts Director and Chief Curator 
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“The Lowe is an inspiring resource for faculty and students from all academic disciplines.” – Christina Larson, Ph.D., Andrew W. Mellon Fellow for Academic Engagement.
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The Lowe is a laboratory for learning; a place for engagement and enrichment; and a site for self-discovery. College faculty and students are invited to use the Lowe's collection and exhibitions in creative ways to complement course topics and learning objectives. The Lowe's museum educators collaborate with faculty to provide active, object-based learning experiences for students from all disciplines.

  • Click here for the “Learning with the Lowe: Guide for Faculty.”
  • Click here to make a tour request.
  • Click here to request use of onsite classroom or case exhibit.
  • To discuss engagement options, to schedule plans, or to ask questions about the Lowe’s online collection database, contact: educationlowe@miami.edu  

Benefits of Engaging with Art

  • Nurtures an appreciation for cultural differences. 
  • Enhances observation skills. 
  • Cultivates focused attention through slow looking. 
  • Fosters communication skills and teamwork. 
  • Promotes dialogue and collaboration among students. 
  • Encourages creative problem solving. 
  • Creates respect for different points of view. 
  • Builds connections between the academic course and material culture. 
  • Increases students’ self-awareness as learners. 

Object-based Learning 

  • Object-based learning methodologies are central to how the Lowe engages with faculty and college students. Please see this overview on object-based learning developed at the University of Miami.  

ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT FOR FACULTY:

Engagement Options: We invite you to consider how engaging with the Lowe can help you achieve your teaching and learning goals.

Curriculum-based Digital Engagement 

The Lowe Art Museum is prepared to continue our work with faculty and students virtually. Supporting you and your students through our work in the digital realm enables the Museum to abide fully by UM’s de-densification and related health and safety protocols while providing unique engagement opportunities, including access to objects that are ordinarily off view. A Curriculum-based Digital Engagement experience involves the following:

  • Planning meeting with a colleague from the Lowe’s Education Department to discuss your course and to identify your objectives for digital engagement.
  • Guided virtual interactive discussions using works of art from the Lowe's permanent collection or exhibitions that connect with course curricula, themes, or topics.
  • Collections-based assignments to be completed by students either online or in-person at the Lowe. We encourage faculty to use the Lowe’s permanent collection and exhibitions for class assignments before, during, or after your museum engagement. We can work with you in developing these curriculum-based assignments for your students.
  • Co-facilitated with faculty and Lowe Education Department.
  • 2 weeks advance notice.

Curriculum-based Museum Visit 

The Lowe is available for in-person Curriculum-based Museum Visits for faculty and students. This type of academic engagement will involve the following process: 

  • Planning meeting with a colleague from the Lowe’s Education Department to discuss your course and to identify your objectives for the museum visit. 
  • Pre-visit virtual introduction to familiarize faculty and students with the Lowe, the objectives of the visit, and protocols for safety during the COVID-19 pandemic. 
  • Development of assignment with Lowe staff and faculty to aid student learning.
  • Museum Visit that is tailored to your course topics and learning objectives.
  • Post-visit virtual de-brief to synthesize experiences from the visit, how the visit related to course content, and feedback from faculty and students.
  • Online intro co-facilitated with  Lowe Education Department.
  • Self-guided visit with assignment.
  • 2 weeks advance notice.   

Student Museum Visit

  • Self-guided.
  • 2 weeks advance notice.

CREATE  (Cultural Resources | Engagement | Academics | Technology | Enrichment) 

  • Funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, CREATE Grants support faculty projects that enhance learning and engagement at the University of Miami and feature its cultural resources. Awards made under this program are intended to promote the integration of artworks, artifacts, and archival materials in the University of Miami's Libraries and Lowe Art Museum's permanent collections into object-based teaching, learning, and scholarship. To apply for a CREATE grant or to view past projects, please go to the CREATE  website. 

 ArtLab @ the Lowe

  • During the Spring semester, the Lowe partners with a University of Miami faculty member and their students to curate an exhibition as part of the annual ArtLab @the Lowe. Students select a theme for their exhibition and choose objects to research from collections at the Lowe, Special Collections, the Cuban Heritage Collection, or University Archives. This hands-on opportunity teaches students how to curate a museum show from start to finish.  

Exhibitions and Public Programs 

  • The Lowe organizes exhibitions and public programs throughout the year. Please consult the Lowe’s website or Facebook page for additional information. You may also register for the Lowe’s mailing list here.

Research 

We are happy to provide access to images from the Lowe’s collection for research purposes. We can also meet with you to discuss your research interests. 


ACADEMIC ENGAGEMENT FOR STUDENTS:

The Lowe Art Museum encourages students to engage with its collection, exhibitions, and programs. Connect with others and explore contemporary culture through 5,000 years of human creativity. What ignites your curiosity and inspires you?  

For more information about the Lowe’s online collection, research recommendations, or becoming involved please contact: educationlowe@miami.edu 

Research 

We are happy to provide access to images from the Lowe’s collection for research purposes. We can also meet with you to discuss your research interests. 

 Other Tips: 

  • Attempt to gather information that is specific to the artwork you are researching 
  • If specific information is unavailable, research comparative art objects: 
    • By the same artist or culture 
    • From a similar time period 
    • Of similar subject matter 
    • Made of comparable material 

Internship Opportunities 

Exhibitions and Public Programs 

  • The Lowe organizes exhibitions and public programs throughout the year. Please consult the Lowe’s website, Instagram, and or Facebook page for additional information. You may also register for the Lowe’s mailing list by clicking here.