Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project Hosts Conference on The Arts & Higher Education


 Panelists Include Representatives from Stanford University, Science Gallery International, University College of London

NEW YORK, NY- April 8, 2014 – Baruch College and The Rubin Museum of Art will host a conference, “The Arts & Higher Education: Building Creative Partnerships and Assessing Program Impacts” from April 10-11.   Professionals from the arts, cultural institutions, and higher education will share ideas and develop strategies for engaging students in the arts through innovative programs.

David Birdsell, Dean of the School of Public Affairs, will give the opening remarks, followed by Stan Altman, director of the Baruch-Rubin Museum of Art Project and Professor in the School of Public Affairs. Presenters and panelists include: Gina Hernandez Clarke, Director of Arts in Undergraduate Education at Stanford University; David Gruber, Baruch College Associate Professor of Biology and Environmental Science and Research Associate at the American Museum of Natural History; Laura Lannin, Share Academy Academic Coordinator at the University College of London;Michael John Gorman, CEO of Science Gallery International; and Brian Schwartz, Professor of Physics and Co-Director of the New Media Lab at CUNY Graduate Center.

The two-day conference is organized around four themes 1) Increasing Faculty and Student Engagement and Participation 2) Financing and Supporting Collaborative Partnerships 3) Effective Communication Strategies 4) Assessing Impact on Academic Communities and Art Institutions.

The conference is supported through the Shelley & Donald Rubin Foundation. In 2010, Baruch College was awarded a five-year grant of $1 million ($200,000 per year) by the Rubin Foundation. Since the partnership was established, the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project has provided financial support to five CUNY campuses and 34 faculty, who creatively explored ways to incorporate the arts and the museum’s exhibitions and resources throughout their respective courses. This included regular museum visits, hosting art events on campus, and integrating the Rubin Museum’s collection across varied academic disciplines.


WHAT:  The Arts & Higher Education: Building Creative Partnerships and Assessing Program Impacts”


April 10:

Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Session I: 9:00 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Lunch: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Session II: 2:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.

April 11:

Breakfast: 8:30 a.m. – 9:00 a.m.
Session III: 9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Break:  10:40 a.m. – 10:55 a.m.
Session IV:  11:00 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
Closing Reception: 1:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

For complete schedule, click here.

WHERE:The William & Anita Newman Conference Center, Library Information and Technology Building, 151 East 25th Street, Room 750
(between Third and Lexington Avenues)

The event is free and open to the public. For more information, contact Stan Altman, Professor of Public Affairs and Director of the Baruch College-Rubin Museum of Art Project at (646) 660-6700. To register, e-mail

About Baruch College:
Baruch College is a senior college in the City University of New York (CUNY) with a total enrollment of more than 17,000 students, who represent 160 countries and speak more than 100 languages. Ranked among the top 15% of U.S. colleges and the No. 5 public regional university, Baruch College is regularly recognized as among the most ethnically diverse colleges in the country. As a public institution with a tradition of academic excellence, Baruch College offers accessibility and opportunity for students from every corner of New York City and from around the world.  For more about Baruch College, go to


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