Art Museum Education in China:
The NAMOC Case Study
Dr. YANG Yingshi
Public Education Department
This paper examines the new trends of art museum education in China, taking the National Art Museum of China (NAMOC) as a primary example. The first part discusses art museums as educators in the global context, noting the fact that the growing importance of the public educational role of museums has emerged to be a focus of wide concern among scholars, museum professionals and government officials worldwide. The second part introduces art museums as educators in China, reviewing the history of museums and art museums as well as their increasingly active roles as educators to the general public. Also touched is the emergence of art museum education as a professional field in the country. The third part gives a detailed description of the public educational programs of the NAMOC. This part particularly presents four major areas of the museum’s educational work: academic and adult programs; children, school and family programs; volunteer programs; and collaboration with other institutions. The paper also points out the opportunities and challenges brought about by the free admission policy and the construction of the new museum building of NAMOC. The conclusion part shares some thoughts on art museum education in China.
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