The High Museum of Art values teachers

Teaching is not a cake walk. Not to say it isn’t rewarding, but educators wear many hats, work long hours and every day is different.

The High Museum knows the work it takes to be a teacher. In recognition of their dedication, the museum hosts Teacher Appreciation Days and an Evening for Educators.

“We want to make sure our community members feel connected to the museum,” said Kate McLeod, head of school and teacher services for the High Museum.

One way is through the Teacher Appreciation Days held twice a year: in the winter and fall.

The day is spent celebrating teachers and making them feel valued, as well as providing them the opportunity to use the museum as a resource for their classrooms.

“There will be free giveaways, posters, and catalogs that they can use to further their curriculum and make connections from the High to their students,” said McLeod.

Focusing on the special exhibition of “Virgil Abloh: ‘Figures of Speech’,” a private, guided tour will be given and a couple of STEAM related drop-in workshops inspired by his work will be offered.

“Abloh is a fashion designer with a background in architecture and is currently the creative director on the men’s line for Louis Vuitton. An incredible multi-disciplinary artist,” she said.

Teaming up with local artists, two workshops will be offered: a screen-printing demonstration, and a combined talk about fashion design and workshop where the teachers can leave with their own wearable art piece.

McLeod said that it is through the collaboration of their administrator advisory committee they offer what teachers and students want and need.

“Community members always bring their own ideas, hopes and dreams, and that’s always exciting to see,” she said. “It’s also fun to see the excitement that teachers bring.”

Teacher Appreciation Day is Saturday, Feb. 22 from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and free for teachers plus one guest (bring teacher ID).

Evening for Educators will be in August, and future Teacher Appreciation Days will be in October and February 2021.

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