Macaulay Honors College Partners with Smarthistory at Khan Academy for an Interactive Art-Making Event at The Brooklyn Museum

NEW YORK, NY  (August 27, 2012) – Macaulay Honors College at CUNY, in partnership with Smarthistory at Khan Academy, welcomes 500 incoming freshmen from the class of 2016 for a special encounter with art and conversation. The first ever “Macaulay Night at the Museum” will take place on Monday, August 27, 2012 from 7:00 – 10:00 pm at the Brooklyn Museum (200 Eastern Parkway, Brooklyn). A reception for parents, donors and alumni will be held at 6:00 pm. The group will be addressed by Kate Levin, New York City Commissioner of the Department of Cultural Affairs and newly elected board member of Macaulay Honors College Foundation. Macaulay will have exclusive access to the museum, which will be closed to the public.

Starting their college careers with an introduction to the experience of art and its role in the life of New York City, the students will spread out in the museum’s permanent galleries in small groups, armed with audio recorders and still cameras. In their groups, they will select works of art that challenge and speak to them, taking pictures and recording their conversations.  Several weeks later, some of the students will return to their photos and recordings to create Smarthistory-style videos for use in their Macaulay freshman seminar, The Arts in New York City.

Using Smarthistory’s unique conversational methodology, supported by Macaulay’s Instructional Technology Fellows, students will look closely at the works of art, discussing what they think and notice, and make connections to their personal/emotional responses.

Technology is integrated into every aspect of the Macaulay curriculum and student life.  Breaking down the walls of the classroom and helping students engage with the vast resources of New York City and the world beyond is just one of the key goals of a Macaulay Honors College education.  Macaulay “Night at the Museum” is one example of how this integrated mission is put into practice.

About Macaulay Honors College

Macaulay Honors College at The City University of New York offers an exceptional academic and co-curricular environment for the best and brightest students, who come from all parts of New York and around the world. Macaulay students enroll in one of seven CUNY senior colleges (Baruch, Brooklyn, City, Hunter, John Jay, Lehman, Queens and Staten Island). Through the unique Macaulay advising program, each student develops a coordinated, individualized academic program that includes research, global learning, graduate and professional mentoring, community engagement, and close faculty-student collaboration. Selected for their top high school records and leadership potential, every Macaulay student receives a full-tuition scholarship, a laptop and technology support, a $7,500 study grant to pursue global learning and service opportunities, and a Cultural Passport that provides access to more than 200 museums, libraries, and other treasures around New York City. For more information about Macaulay Honors College, visit

About Smarthistory is a free, not-for-profit, multi-media web-book designed as a dynamic enhancement (or even substitute) for the traditional art history textbook. Dr. Beth Harris and Dr. Steven Zucker began Smarthistory in 2005. In 2011 Smarthistory joined forces with Khan Academy. For more information, contact: and

About Khan Academy

Khan Academy is a not-for-profit with the goal of changing education for the better by providing a free world-class education for anyone anywhere. All of the site’s resources are available to anyone. It doesn’t matter if you are a student, teacher, home-schooled, principal, adult returning to the classroom after 20 years, or a friendly alien just trying to get a leg up in earthly biology. Khan Academy’s materials and resources are available to you completely free of charge. For more information, visit

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