WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. — Reynolda House is offering free Museum admission to all Pre-K to grade 12 teachers at public and private schools in the state of N.C. through Aug. 31. "During the COVID outbreak, teachers and childcare staff were classified as frontline essential workers, second only to first responders and healthcare professionals. As a way to recognize the service of classroom teachers during times of uncertainty, the teaching and learning staff at Reynolda proposed that the Museum offer free admission for teachers this summer in order to extend a second wave of appreciation during the COVID era, and to offer an opportunity for continued learning for teachers," said Deputy Director Phil Archer, "Teachers can receive their free admission ticket online or in-person at Reynolda House. Proper ID is required at check-in. Advance registration is encouraged— not required—to visit the Museum."
Reynolda House's educational programs include a strong focus on early childhood education, and the Museum produces numerous programs for pre-readers (under five) and their caregivers, as well as programs designed to promote intergenerational learning. Reynolda House offers a rich selection of virtual and hybrid programs, including Reynolda Read-Aloud, Family First workshops, Reynolda Community Day, Visual Literacy for Caregivers, Let's Talk About Art, Outdoor Discovery Tours, and outdoor family yoga. In addition, the Museum offers at-home art kits and multimedia discovery lessons for teachers and caregivers.
As part of this summer's free admission offering at the Museum, teachers will have an opportunity to view The Voyage of Life: Art, Allegory, and Community Response, which opens July 20 to the public and July 16 to Museum members, first responders, and Wake Forest University faculty, staff, and students— and teachers—with Weekend of Gratitude. In this exhibition, three centuries of American art will illuminate the chapters of every individual life. Works by artists including Alice Neel, Kiki Smith, Fairfield Porter, Lee Krasner, Robert Colescott, Keith Haring, Andy Warhol, Romare Bearden and Grant Wood will be featured alongside community stories and reveal critical defining moments in the voyage of life, with its heydays, rough patches and new starts.