G:Class students participate "Admission" a walkthrough that addressed codes of museum engagement with dance artist Michelle Boulé and theater director Niegel Smith of Elastic City. Photo Credit Todd Shalom
G:Class students participate "Admission" a walkthrough that addressed codes of museum engagement with dance artist Michelle Boulé and theater director Niegel Smith of Elastic City. Photo Credit Todd Shalom

The New Museum launched G:Class with the mission to:

  • Encourage students’ cultural literacy through contemporary art
  • Cultivate students’ critical thinking, visual literacy skills, and self-expression through innovative curriculum
  • Utilize the New Museum as a cultural and educational resource to expand learning beyond the classroom

G:Class is currently partnering with Gramercy Arts High School, City-As-School, High School for Dual Language and Asian Studies, and Hetrick Martin Institute. Through these partnerships, teacher educators and New Museum educators collaborate to use the Museum’s resources as a tool to enhance learning in the classroom and beyond.

During Seminars students are exposed to contemporary artists and other art professionals to assure that students have a complete museum experience and to help empower them to make informed career decisions.

Professional Development for Teachers aims to supplement high school teachers’ knowledge of contemporary art practices and issues through directed lectures, participatory workshops, and object-based learning. This program is open to all art, math, global studies, and English teachers in New York City.

The G:Class Web site provides online educational resources and tools for teachers and students. This website allows teachers and students to access the Museum’s lesson plans and digital archives, and provides teachers with curriculum materials to support the use of the Museum’s exhibitions and programs during Museum and classroom visits. The Web site engages young people by showcasing their work and writing and provides students with the opportunity to explore contemporary art on their own outside the classroom.

Education programs are made possible by a generous grant from Goldman Sachs Gives at the recommendation of David and Hermine Heller.

What is G:Class?

Global Classroom (G:Class) is an interdisciplinary museum education program that provides in-class and museum opportunities for high school teachers and students to work with professional artists and educators to incorporate contemporary art into core curricula. G:Class is designed to enhance critical thinking through peer-group discussions about critical issues that affect the lives of students and to foster the development of creative and professional skills.