| Community Impact | Local Resources | Worcester Art Museum Partnership
Worcester State University distinguished itself in the Worcester arts community in 2012 by being the first college in Worcester to establish a collaborative partnership with Worcester Art Museum. Through a number of innovative courses that draw on the museum’s resources, WSU students gain valuable knowledge and build solid career skills in disciplines as diverse as art, computer science, psychology and physics. They support the museum’s initiatives to engage audiences in new ways.Special access to the museum provides students with an alternative laboratory full of history, new possibilities for deeper learning and opportunities to test the boundaries of art and artistic exploration. Students find that there is more than art on display; computer programming, statistics, sign language, human behavior, interactive art, and patron participation also play a role in optimal museum operations. A relationship initiated by WSU President Barry M. Maloney and embraced by WAM Director Matthias Waschek, this endeavor encourages close cooperation between the museum’s education team and Worcester State faculty. The results have already exceeded their expectations.
WSU’s institutional membership at the Worcester Art Museum enables students, faculty, and staff to visit the museum free of charge.