Arts in Education Program:
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
As the Arts in Education Project Assistant, Claire Horne provides administrative and logistical support to 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.
Before joining the Farnsworth’s Education Department in December of 2017, Horne worked in the Farnsworth Museum Store during her years attending high school and college. She is a recent graduate of Smith College with a BA in Studio Art, concentrating in photography, painting, and mixed media artwork. While in college, Horne worked as a Studio Assistant at the Eric Carle Museum of Picture Book Art in Amherst, Massachusetts, facilitating hands-on engagement activities in the Museum’s art studio. She also worked as an office assistant in the Lewis Global Studies Center, the office of international studies at Smith College. In February of 2017, Horne worked to design and implement a staff engagement project at Boston energy intelligence company GENSCAPE, where staff members produced a large painting installation that now brightens up their office space. Horne is passionate about programs that bring art into the lives of others in accessible and meaningful ways.
Horne lives in Appleton, ME, where she enjoys swimming in the summer, skiing in the winter, and photographing every day.
The Arts in Education Program is also supported by the following museum educators:
Public Program Coordinator
Karen Francomano brings more than a decade of experience communicating the value of art, architecture, and design to her position as Public Program Coordinator at the Farnsworth Art Museum. She has reimagined websites, created innovative programs, edited exhibition catalogues, transformed brands, and written about everything from Max Belcher’s photography to how veterinarians psychoanalyze pets. Her previous clients include the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, the Boston Society of Architects, Tufts University, and the Museum of Contemporary Art Chicago. She attended Illinois Wesleyan University, took a sabbatical to write a novel, and graduated with a bachelor’s degree in studio art, art history, and English from North Central College.
Arts in Education Connection: Francomano supports educators and students by providing enriching studio and lecture opportunities at the museum, including public programs open to local families.
Denise Mitchell coordinates school visits at the museum, 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.
Arts in Education Connection: Mitchell coordinates gallery visits and connects Arts in Education tours with docents to ensure a quality arts-integrated experience.
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.
Arts in Education Connection: Prabhu supervises the Arts in Education program, providing guidance and support for the museum’s many education initiatives.