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UMMA offers teacher workshops several times a year. Workshops include interactive gallery tours, hands-on art making, and take-home packets for personal and classroom use. The atmosphere is friendly and allows teachers from different districts to meet and socialize with each other. UMMA's workshops have been recognized by ArtServe Michigan and have recieved high marks from participants.

Comments from the evaluations of teachers attending workshops in 2012/13 include:

"I had a fabulous time and gained a lot of resources and inspiration for my classroom. I look forward to attending future workshops."
"Excellent! I learned new engagement strategies."

"I liked the different perspectives (historical/curatorial and classroom)."

Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s
A Workshop for Educators
Wednesday, November 4, 4–8pm

Come As You Are
Alex Bag, Untitled Fall ’95, 1995, 57 min, color, sound, Courtesy of Team Gallery and Electronic, Arts Intermix (EAI), New York © Alex Bag

Snapchat, Twitter, Google. The Refugee Crisis. Black Lives Matter. These contemporary developments and concerns have their roots in the end of the 20th century, conceptualized more broadly as the digital revolution, globalization, and identity politics. Many of the issues young students and artists confront today emerged from the cultural environment of the 1990s and are integral to Come as You are: Art of the 1990s. These topics—and approaches to artistic practice—among others, are introduced in this exhibition and will be explored in this workshop. We will start with delectable light refreshments. After nourishment, Curator for Museum Teaching and Learning, Pam Reister, will contextualize the issues within cultural, historical and philosophical arenas. Participants will receive VIP treatment and have a private gallery tour with Mellon Curatorial Fellow, Emily Talbot, followed up by a hands-on activity created by Art21 Senior Educator, Joe Fusaro. Finally, we will send participants home with a head full of ideas and a folder full of resources for teaching. Join us as we explore these important contemporary issues and the very creative and diverse responses to them made by artists in the 1990s.

Reservations: please email Mary LaVenture at
Registration: advance payment of $30 required.
3 SCECH”s available: please bring a checkbook to cover $10.00 for official transcript fee.
Directions and parking: click here.
Questions: please email Pam Reister at

Come as You Are: Art of the 1990s is organized by the Montclair Art Museum and curated by Alexandra Schwartz, curator of contemporary art, with Kimberly Siino, curatorial assistant. This exhibition is made possible with generous support from The Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts.

Lead support for this exhibition is provided by the University of Michigan Office of the Provost and the University of Michigan Health System. Additional support is provided by Samantha and Ross Partrich, Andrea and Joel Brown, the University of Michigan CEW Frances and Sydney Lewis Visiting Leaders Fund, Department of the History of Art, Residential College, and Department of American Culture.