Andrea L. Curtis
Arts in education Program Manager
Andrea L. Curtis is the Education Program Manager and founder of the Arts in Education program at the Farnsworth Art Museum, a program dedicated to in-depth multi-visit learning experiences that connect inquiry-based visual learning to classroom education. She has designed and managed the Stories of the Land and Its People program, an arts-integrated experience for 4th and 7th grade students in mid-coast Maine, the museum's Multi-visit Programs, and the Farnsworth Educator Cohort, a free professional development program for educators. Since 2012, Curtis has curated the Stories of the Land and Its People exhibition, exhibiting over 300 works of student art a year. Her innovative gallery designs incorporate 3-dimensional objects, technology, performance pieces, and kinesthetic activities to enhance visitor engagement. Her specialty is in developing and teaching dynamic arts-learning lessons K-12 and providing professional development opportunities for educators and artists. Her work uses imagination and creativity to make broader connections to the world and the local community. The Arts in Education program continues to expand, providing more arts-integrated programs at the Farnsworth Art Museum and online.
Curtis holds graduate degrees from the Harvard Graduate School of Education in Arts in Education and the University of Maine in Communication with a focus on visual representation, critique, museum studies, informal learning, and children’s literature. She has lectured and instructed at Bates College and the University of Maine in rhetoric and communication and has received specialty training from Lincoln Center and Project Zero. Curtis, a writer and dancer, is also a published reviewer of children’s books and young adult novels for the Horn Book Magazine, Inc. in Boston.
arts in education project assistant
Kelsey Gibbs, the Arts in Education Project Assistant, coordinates the administrative logistics for the Arts in Education program, which includes the Farnsworth Educator Cohort, the Stories of the Land and Its People program, and the Multi-Visit programs. She joined the Education staff in December of 2016, bringing her graphic design, photography experience, and organizational skills to the Education team. With her design expertise, she develops marketing materials for the Arts in Education Program including logo designs and flyers for the Farnsworth’s Stories of the Land and Its People exhibition. During the 2017 Stories exhibition, she partnered with Arts in Education Program Manager, Andrea Curtis, on the design of workbooks created to engage visitors with artwork in the galleries, while assisting the installation of artwork by 250 students.
A primary feature of Gibbs’ work is to provide support for museum educators, professional artists, and school educators in the Farnsworth’s Educator Cohort program. This professional development program provides educators with a safe educational space to explore a variety of media and themes to bring back to their classrooms. She coordinates workshop registrations, contact hour certificates for teachers, project materials for teaching artists, scheduling, and program evaluations.
Gibbs, an invaluable member of the education team, is a graduate of Colby College, holding a BA in Anthropology and Art, and a resident of Nobleboro, ME.
Denise Mitchell has overseen the schools program at the museum for the past 11 years, organizing and planning museum visits for K-12 students. She loves working with the museum’s docents to provide engaging, interactive tours for visitors of all ages, including the museum’s newest program, Memory Gallery, involving adults with early stages of memory loss. Equally rewarding is collaborating with education organizations such as the Lincoln Center and Dance Exchange, to make art more accessible to educators.
director of education
Vas Prabhu is a nationally recognized art museum educator. She is known for creating innovative education/interpretation programs and for creating permanent education spaces at the San Diego Museum of Art; the Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, MA; the de Young Museum and the Legion of Honor in San Francisco; and the Museum of Contemporary Art in Los Angeles. Her collaborations with artists, teens, colleges, and community organizations have increased participation by diverse audiences, and have revitalized the notion of an art museum--making them visitor-centered for all ages. Prabhu is a graduate of Cornell University and the Museum Leadership Program at Bank Street Graduate School of Education.