Education Programs

Calendar of Selected Public Programs

Please note that dates and details are subject to change.

Thursday, October 27, 2011
Open-House for Educators

Thursday, October 27, 2011; Thursday, November 3, 2011; Thursday, November 17, 2011
Jerrilynn Dodds, Three-Lecture Series on Islamic Art in Society

Saturday, October 29, 2011
Inaugural Musical Event
Hassan Hakmoun and his ensemble (Moroccan-American) perform Gnaua music, followed by the Najmuddin Saifuddin Qawwali ensemble (Pakistan). The two ensembles come together in the finale for an inspired collaborative finish.

Sunday, October 30, 2011
Family Concert
A family concert highlighting musicians from the October 29th event.

Monthly screenings
Documentary Films

Regularly scheduled
Gallery Talks

Friday, November 18, 2011
Panel Discussion: Women and the Muslim World—Patrons, Artists, Muses, and Instigators
A discussion that explores how Muslim women—as patrons, artists, and muses—draw on creativity within their societies to instigate, communicate, and inspire. The panel includes respected visual artists, academics, and leaders.

Thursday, December 8, 2011
Lecture by curator Navina Haidar, part of the ongoing lecture series My Favorite Things: Selections from our Curators

Saturday, December 17
Metropolitan Museum Artists in Concert
The Museum’s acclaimed ensemble performs a program inspired by the new galleries. Included are works by Richard  Strauss, Sulkhan Tsintsadze, Vache Sharafyan, Dmitri Shostakovich, and ensemble member Colin Jacobsen.

Early December 2011
Conference for Educators

This event engages approximately one hundred K–12 educators in object-based discussions with curators and interactive gallery activities highlighting selections from the forthcoming teacher resource (a collaborative effort reflecting input from the Museum’s Education and curatorial staff, as well as several classroom teachers). Educators will ultimately draft a lesson or activity with the specific needs of their students in mind.

Early December 2011
Access Program: Art and ASL event for visitors with hearing loss
American Sign Language tour of the new galleries, followed by a reception for the Deaf community.

Friday, December 9 and Friday, January 27, 2012
Gallery Program: The Observant Eye for Young Professionals

December, 2011
Hands-on Gallery Program: How Did They Do That?

Gallery Program: Conversations with Curators/Conservators

Gallery Program: Drop-in Drawing Sessions

Family Program: Art Trek Plus

December 16, 2011
Teen Program: The Arts of the Islamic World—Celebrate and Create!

January 2012
Teacher Webinar: Art and the Environment
This webinar, featuring works from several collection areas, explores the ways artists engage and respond to the natural world through materials, imagery, and form. Art and Science teachers have an opportunity in this interactive session to learn more about the collection and develop strategies for engaging students with works of art.

Saturday, January 28, 2012
Concert: Kayhan Kalhor
Kayhan Kalhor is an internationally acclaimed virtuoso on the kamancheh (Persian spiked fiddle).

Wednesday, February 8, 2012
Lecture by curator Sheila Canby, part of the ongoing lecture series My Favorite Things: Selections from our Curators

Friday, February 10, 2012
Discussion with a short performance: Love Poetry and the Ghazal

March/April 2012
Interfaith Panel Discussion
This panel discussion focuses on spiritual rituals, imagery, and practice in historic and contemporary contexts. Participants include Christian, Jewish, and Muslim leaders and noted scholars.

March–May 2012
Access Program: Discoveries Workshop for visitors with developmental and learning disabilities

March 2012
Access Program: Met Escapes for visitors with dementia and their care partners

Friday, April 13 and Saturday, April 14, 2012
A two-day international symposium dedicated to research carried out on the collection from 2003 to 2011. Proposed sessions encourage examination of the collection from multiple points of view—art history, social history, literary history, conservation, and archaeology.

Sunday, April 15, 2012
Sunday at the Met

Friday, April 20, 2012
Concert: Turkish pianist Fazil Say

Thursday, June 14, 2012
Concert: Jordi Savall
Jordi Savall, who has been called the “early music superstar” by the New York Times, will perform music from Mediterranean cultures on the rebab, vielle, and lira, with Dimitri Psonis playing santur, morisca, and percussion.

Summer or Fall 2012
Teacher Workshop: The Art of Writing
This interdisciplinary workshop, supporting Visual and Language Arts instruction, explores the synthesis of visual and text-based literacy. Highlighted selections range from Persian manuscripts and Chinese calligraphy to depictions of Ancient Egyptian scribes.

Date to be announced
Family Concert: Cirène
The New York ensemble of young artists will perform a family concert inspired by the new galleries.

Programming in conjunction with the new galleries is generously supported by Sharmin and Bijan Mossavar-Rahmani; The Patti and Everett B. Birch Foundation; Doris Duke Foundation for Islamic Art; The Andrew W. Mellon Foundation; Lavori Sterling Foundation, Inc.; Aga Khan Music Initiative, a program of the Aga Khan Trust for Culture;  American Institute of Iranian Studies; and the Moroccan-American Cultural Center.

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