A consortium of Kansas City museums will be hosting a new, collaborative event called Virtual Museum Day, today, Friday May 29th with the assistance of LEANLAB and the Heartland Learning Collaborative. .
Virtual Museum Day: “This is our Story KC” will be broadcast from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on the event’s You-Tube channel.
As part of the event, The Truman Presidential Library, the American Jazz Museum and The Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art will be premiering new videos and live streams for the audiences that museum educators have missed due to the temporary shuttering of their on-site programming due to COVID-19 restrictions.
The Heartland Learning Collaborative is a new, local initiative that is constructing a network of institutions dedicated to growing civics and citizenship in area young people.
“Kansas City has an incredibly vibrant cultural center,” said Helen Higgins with LEANLAB, an organization that introduces innovative learning techniques in area classrooms. “Teachers and families across the city are struggling to respond and adapt, but museums are trying to meet them in the middle,” Higgins said. We, the museums are still here.”
A short list of the participating museums include the Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, the Truman Presidential Library, the American Jazz Museum, the National WWI Museum and the Jackson County Historical Society.