EDC and Crystal Bridges Launch New Online Scholar Program

Kirsten Peterson

With help from EDC, Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art has launched the Crystal Bridges Online Scholar Program, an all-expense-paid, four-week course for arts and humanities educators who work with learners in grades 9 and up. Applications for the first session in summer 2017 are due April 25. Applications for the second session in late summer/early fall 2017 are due June 30.

For three years, EDC and Crystal Bridges have collaborated to design two online courses that engage students in exploring and learning from the museum’s collections. With the new Online Scholar Program, they are working to make the courses—one of which, Art Appreciation and American Identity, received a Gold MUSE Award for outstanding achievement from the American Alliance of Museums—available to students across the United States.

“Crystal Bridges is committed to using its collection of five centuries of American artwork to deepen students’ knowledge of our country’s artwork and history,” said EDC Senior Project Director Kirsten Peterson (at left). “The Online Scholar Program prepares and licenses educators nationwide to teach the two courses, which can be delivered in fully online, blended, or face-to-face classroom settings.”  

The Online Scholar Program and course design are supported by the Windgate Charitable Foundation, as part of its efforts to expand access to arts institutions and resources in rural and high poverty schools. Explore the Online Scholar Program and courses in the following video.

Last Updated: April 2017