Carolina Students: Make the Ackland YOURS!

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Carolina students at the opening reception for “The Sahmat Collective,” September 12, 2013. Photo: Briana Brough

As the Ackland Art Museum’s director of academic programs, I’m blogging to tell you that because the Ackland is the University’s art museum, it’s your art museum. This is a great time to check out all the ways that you can be involved with the Ackland, making memories, meeting great people, enjoying art, and having fun!

Maybe you’ve already been to the Ackland this semester – it wouldn’t be surprising given all the student-focused activity that’s been happening at the Museum.

• Were you one of the first-year students who discussed the Carolina Summer Reading book, Toni Morrison’s Home, in the Ackland’s Study Gallery?

• Maybe you took a tour of the Ackland’s galleries during UNC’s Week of Welcome. If you missed the tours, don’t worry: Ackland Student Guides give tours—conversational, and with zero pressure—on the weekends on a regular basis!

• If you’re not new to college but new to UNC, you may have attended a reception at the Ackland for new graduate students in the Art Department, or one for new transfer students.

• One of your courses may have held a class session in the galleries: almost 10,000 of our annual visitors are students who visit the Museum to support their coursework. If you don’t see the Ackland listed on your course syllabus, ask your professor to consider bringing the group

If you didn’t get into the studio art course that you wanted, or if you need to scratch an artsy, hands-on itch, sign up for an Art à la Carte session offered at the Ackland. These Friday afternoon class teach (briefly) about a particular medium and then give you the chance to try your hand at it in a Hanes Art Center studio. Fall offerings include collage, silhouette, and book binding!

This is just the tip of the iceberg. Admission is always free, so you can drop in on your own or with friends anytime we’re open.* There are monthly performances, talks, tours, and other events to attend. We offer internships for undergraduate students and graduate students in several of the Museum’s departments. And if you’d like to volunteer, we have information about how to do that.

A great way to begin is to join the Student Friends of the Ackland Art Museum, or SFA. Membership in the SFA is free, and you’ll find out about a wide variety of educational and social programs designed specifically for students, by students.

However you want to make the Ackland yours, we welcome you!

*Hours
Wed: 10 AM – 5 PM
Thurs: 10 AM – 8 PM
Fri & Sat: 10 AM – 5 PM
Sun: 1 PM – 5 PM
Closed Mondays and Tuesdays.

One thought on “Carolina Students: Make the Ackland YOURS!

  1. Hi Heather

    We created some of our programming for students in response to what we hear from student themselves. Some of those suggestions come to us informally, in conversation. Sometimes our student interns make suggestions (often they make convincing arguments) for student-focused programs. In the case of Art a la Carte, we knew from reading about student government activities that a significant number of students wanted more access to creative activities. As we developed the idea, we also asked students to participate in an online survey to get their input. And we try to incorporate suggestions from the students who participate in those classes to try to improve the program for the future.

    Thanks for reading and inquiring!

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