New initiative with Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia)

Literacy council staff member JennaRose Dahl volunteers as a tour guide at the Minneapolis Institute of Art (Mia), and says she has long thought about how to make the museum more accessible for English language learners.

One big step toward her goal: initiating a partnership between Mia and the literacy council, with literacy council staff training docents on how to work with English language learners. JennaRose and Mia staff collaborated to create eight tours based on common units in ESL classroom curriculum: clothing, housing, work, transportation, food and more. They also designed a tour highlighting items in the museum's East African collection, so that students from this part of the world could see art from their home countries on display.

To test the training, Mia hosted a field trip in February for students from our Open Door Learning Center - Arlington Hills. We will use student feedback from the outing to help guide future trainings and identify next steps!