The Reese Teacher Fellowship
Job Details
Crystal Bridges - Bentonville, AR
Fellowship
Description

William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship

 

The Reese Teacher Fellowship is open to all high school educators. Applicants may be affiliated with a public, private, or charter school. Fellows will be selected on the basis of their project’s potential to enrich high school curriculum based on an interdisciplinary connection between American art and another subject topic by using primary sources from the library’s rare book and archives collections. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are encouraged.

The Reese Teacher Fellow is expected to spend one month at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. A computer and work station within the Crystal Bridges Library will be provided during the fellowship term. The Reese Teacher Fellow will be awarded $5,000 disbursed to the recipient upon completion of the project. To support their research, Reese Teacher Fellows will have access to the art and library special collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville

Qualifications

Applications will be accepted through April 20, 2021 and must consist of:

  • cover letter

  • resume

  • project proposal- include details on subject to be explored, alignment with curriculum standards, and resources to be used from Crystal Bridges collection

  • 2 letters of recommendation- one of the two from your school principal, if possible

 

Expected outcomes will include:

 

  • copies of any publications and lesson plans

  • volunteer presentations and workshop participation

  • final report to Crystal Bridges and the donor

 

Physical Demands and Work Environment:

The physical demands and work environment characteristics described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this position. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

 

  • Physical demands:  The position requires verbal and written conversation with others and use of hands to manipulate, handle, or feel objects, tools, or controls. Vision abilities required by the job include close vision and color perception. Ability to work at a work station.

  • Work EnvironmentWork will be performed in an office environment, museum spaces, and in communities served. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate. Appropriate work space is provided.

 

 

Crystal Bridges is committed to creating an institution that reflects the diversity of our region and nation. We are especially mindful of those in our community impacted by inequity due to ability, language, class, age, gender, religion, sexuality, race and ethnicity, and are working diligently to address perceived and real barriers that keep anyone from fully experiencing the Museum. To achieve true reform, we must have a diverse, highly qualified team dedicated to providing an unparalleled guest experience, offering relevant programs, developing an inclusive collection, and demonstrating progressive leadership. 

About Crystal Bridges 

The mission of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art is to welcome all to celebrate the American spirit in a setting that unites the power of art with the beauty of nature. We explore the unfolding story of America by actively collecting, exhibiting, interpreting, and preserving outstanding American art. Crystal Bridges was founded in 2005 as a non-profit charitable organization by arts patron and chair of the museum’s board of directors, Alice Walton. Since opening to the public on 11-11-11, the museum has welcomed more than 5 million visitors and garnered 15,000 membership households. Some 280,000 school children have participated in the Willard and Pat Walker School Visit program, which provides educational experiences for school groups at no cost. 

 

Crystal Bridges takes its name from a nearby natural spring and the bridge construction incorporated in the building, designed by world-renowned architect Moshe Safdie. A series of pavilions nestled around two spring-fed ponds house the galleries and amenities such as a restaurant, museum store designed by architect Marlon Blackwell, and a library featuring more than 50,000 volumes of art reference material. In addition to the museum’s architecture, a Usonian house designed by Frank Lloyd Wright was preserved, acquired, and moved to the museum grounds in 2015, and a rare Buckminster Fuller’s Fly’s Eye Dome was installed in 2017, both providing access to American architectural masterworks in a natural setting. 

 

Sculpture and walking trails link the museum's 120-acre park to downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. A new entrance, elevator tower, and pedestrian bridge was added to the north side of the building in 2017, increasing access to the museum’s north lawn and newly enhanced North Forest Trail. More than 600,000 visitors a year utilize the museum’s five miles of walking trails. 

 

Crystal Bridges’ permanent collection spans five centuries of American artworks from early American to the present, and is always free to view. Crystal Bridges is committed to telling broad and inclusive stories by acquiring and showcasing the highest quality works by artists underrepresented in art history and conventional museum frameworks. Works such as Asher B. Durand’s Kindred Spirits, Gilbert Stuart’s George Washington, and Georgia O’Keeffe’s Jimson Weed are displayed alongside contemporary artists such as Kerry James Marshall, Maya Lin, Fritz Scholder, Jaune Quick-To-See-Smith, Felix Gonzales-Torres, and Amy Sherald represent some of the finest achievements in American art. The collection continues to grow, while the museum also offers temporary exhibitions that complement the collection and can also reveal art’s connections to equality and justice.

 

Crystal Bridges provides year-round programming for all ages. In 2019, more than 800 public programs and events were offered, including lectures, performances, classes, and continuing education for K-12 teachers. Crystal Bridges stays connected online with the full collection available via eMuseum, an award-winning app, a podcast called Museum Way, all available for free, and many of the museum’s lectures such as the Distinguished Speaker Series are on Crystal Bridges’ YouTube channel. An online-learning initiative provides opportunities for students and teachers with arts-based courses, as well as SmartHistory with arts history videos and essays. Crystal Bridges also offers two research fellowship programs. The Tyson Scholars in American Art program encourages and supports full-time scholarship that seeks to expand boundaries and traditional categories of investigation into American art and visual culture. The Reese Teacher Fellowship provides for research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. In addition, Crystal Bridges administers the awarding of the Don Tyson Prize, an unprecedented award recognizing significant achievements in the field of American art. Additional information about Crystal Bridges is available online at CrystalBridges.org. 

 

About the Momentary 

The Momentary is a new contemporary art space that opened to the public on February 22, 2020, in downtown Bentonville, Arkansas. A satellite to Crystal Bridges, the Momentary presents visual, performing, and culinary arts. The mission of the Momentary is to champion contemporary art’s role in everyday life and explore the unfolding story of contemporary American arts in an international context by actively commissioning and exhibiting outstanding works that explore new ideas and inspire action. The Momentary was founded by the Walton family, based on the vision of Tom, Olivia, and Steuart Walton. The Walton Family Foundation is supporting this project as a way to enhance the quality of life in Northwest Arkansas. The Momentary welcomes all with free general admission. Additional offerings include an artist-in-residence program, culinary experiences including an Onyx Coffee Lab, indoor and outdoor gathering spaces, an outdoor festival space, and a gift store. For more information, visit theMomentary.org. The Momentary is located at 507 SE E Street, Bentonville, Arkansas 72712.

 

 

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