Be inspired from home with help from MoMA

A view of the fifth-floor collection galleries. Shown: Vincent van Gogh. The Starry Night. Saint Rémy, June 1889. 1914–26. Oil on canvas. Acquired through the Lillie P. Bliss Bequest (by exchange). Conservation was made possible by the Bank of America Art Conservation Project. Photo: Noah Kalina.

As a partner since 2011 and the lead sponsor of education since 2015, Volkswagen is proud to support the ongoing and expanded educational opportunities at The Museum of Modern Art (MoMA) in New York City.

While MoMA’s galleries are temporarily closed, the Museum has taken its programs and exhibitions online through #MuseumFromHome, a global initiative that allows the public the rare chance to view the Museum’s exhibitions and partake in an array of programs and activities from home.

With the shift to be a virtual Museum, people from all over the world can now explore MoMA’s robust remote learning resources and gain a deeper understanding of the Museum’s comprehensive collection, which spans modern and contemporary art, fashion, and photography. Since the Museum’s closing, it has seen a spike in users taking advantage of these free online offerings.

Since the Museum’s closure on March 13, enrollments in MoMA’s massive open online courses (MOOC) have increased by nearly 406,000, bringing the total number of enrollments to a new high of 1,167,055 as of April 30, 2020. Subscribers have had the chance to take virtual classes on photography, modern and contemporary art, fashion design, abstract painting, and more. Additionally, many classes have featured guest instructors from the MoMA staff to further enhance the online experience for learners.

For example, since the online shift, the Research and Learning page tracked a nearly 455 percent increase in volume, compared to the period before closure. Most notably, the teacher resource page saw a nearly 260 percent increase. This site provides information for teachers to incorporate the galleries into curricula such as learning about modern and contemporary art, art activities, and strategies for engaging with art. The Museum also produced new online content to the overall Research and Learning page, which received over 1,751,500 page views in less than a month.

“From the experimental beginning of MoMA online courses in 2010, Volkswagen had the vision to understand the potential for online learning and its power to connect people across the world through great learning experiences with art and artists,” said Wendy Woon, The Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education at The Museum of Modern Art. “They have been a true partner, supporting MoMA Education as we have continued to learn with and from our communities of learners as they have exponentially grown, and now more than ever it is helping us to start conversations about topics that matter prompted by MoMA’s collection.”

For your own virtual look inside the museum, check out the MoMA website by clicking here. You can also view their online educational resources and additional learning experiences by clicking the following links: Research and Learning and MoMA Learning.