Exploring the VW and MoMA partnership for art education

Photo by Manuel Martagon, courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art

At its best, modern art challenges our way of seeing the world around us. It’s that sense of innovation, of searching for new thoughts and ways of thinking, that has led Volkswagen to partner with The Museum of Modern Art and MoMA PS1 (MoMA) since 2011.

Photo by Mark Cole, courtesy of MoMA PS1

Together, Volkswagen and MoMA have given life to an array of museum exhibitions, educational opportunities and special event programming over the past seven years.
Volkswagen became lead sponsor of MoMA Education in 2015, supporting efforts to significantly expand the museum’s digital education efforts, including free online courses and downloadable resources to reach a global audience. In addition to digital learning, Volkswagen also sponsors a variety of onsite educational offerings at MoMA that target various audiences, including teens, families, teachers and those with disabilities.

“VW is the perfect partner for MoMA’s educational programs, as we both embrace an experimental, research-based, global-minded approach to our work,” says Wendy Woon, the Edward John Noble Foundation Deputy Director for Education at MoMA. “We believe art can be a catalyst for critical reflection that opens new perspectives and exchanges. Experiences with art generate innovation and creativity, and VW has enabled us to bring art into the lives of so many people of all ages and abilities, locally, nationally and globally.”

In addition to supporting a breadth of education programs for artists of all ages and skill levels, both in-person and online, Volkswagen also funds programming at MoMA PS1 in Queens, N.Y. MoMA PS1 is one of the largest non-profit contemporary art centers in the world and functions as a living, breathing, contemporary art-environment for artists and the public.
As part of the MoMA PS1 programming, Volkswagen sponsors the VW Fellows Program, a year-long fellowship for aspiring young arts professionals who are placed across MoMA PS1 departments and work alongside curators and staff to address the daily needs of the museum.

Left photo by Kirsten Schroeder; right photo by Manuel Martagon, both courtesy of The Museum of Modern Art

Volkswagen also supports the ongoing, acclaimed VW Sunday Sessions performance program, presented in MoMA PS1’s VW Dome. The event series spotlights art in real time through weekly dance, music, film, and performance events that give artists and the public a venue for of-the-moment creativity.

“Our partnership with MoMA not only reflects the company’s commitment to culture and the arts, but allows us to support incredible educational and performance programming that impact visitors to MoMA and MoMA PS1 from around the world,” said David Geanacopoulos, Senior Executive Vice President for Public Affairs and Public Policy of Volkswagen Group of America, Inc.

In the coming months, we will further examine the MoMA and Volkswagen partnership, spotlight specific programs, and hear from MoMA learners who are benefitting from Volkswagen’s sponsorship. To learn more about the MoMA exhibitions and educational programming, click here.