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Education and Public Programs

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Museum Discovery Programs for Grades K-12

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The Heckscher Museum of Art’s Education and Public Programs Department offers a wide variety of programming for Adults, Families, and Children of all ages, interests, and abilities throughout the year.

Educators of K-12 students are invited to bring their classes to the Museum for a Museum Discovery Program* and high school art students look forward to the Museum’s prestigious high school juried exhibition Long Island’s Best: Young Artists at The Heckscher Museum every spring.

*Museum Discovery Programs were formerly known as School Discovery Programs.

Public Programs serve both the local and wider community through programming for Adults, Families and Children including lectures, concerts, book groups, hands-on workshops, and more.

Girl Scout Programs serve Nassau and Suffolk Counties.  Troops are invited to visit the Museum or Museum Educators will visit troops at their regular meeting sites.

The Heckscher Museum of Art
Goals of the Education and Public Programs Department
  • To be a haven of artistic and educational excellence by fostering a love and understanding of art and an appreciation for the ties between art and life’s experiences for all people in the community.
  • To develop insightful connections, encourage inquiry, and broaden public awareness of the world of the arts.
  • To offer multifaceted programming to a diverse population that provides vital artistic and cultural resources for life long learning.

Department Staff:

Joy Weiner
Director of Education and Public Programs
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Kristina Schaaf
Associate Director of Education
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Sarah Salamone
Museum Educator
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Education Committee Members 2011-2012:

Dr. Jared Bloom is the Supervisor of Assessment & Technology in the South Huntington Union Free School District. He gained technological expertise working in various expanding technology companies before becoming a high school and middle school English teacher, a position held for eight years, both in the New York City system and in LI school districts.

Carol Brown

Dorothea L. Cappadona is a retired principal with a BS in Education, MS in Education, MA in History, and Ph.D. in Counseling, Psychology, Research and Evaluation. Her interests include World Travel - over 140 countries, environmental issues, and the arts. Dorothea currently performs volunteer work as a Heckscher Museum docent, Chairman of the Conservation Board of Lloyd Harbor, Trustee and Chairman of the History Committee of the Caumsett Foundation, Off-board chair for environmental and women's issues for League of Women Voters of Huntington and Suffolk County, board member of the Friends of the Bay and the Oyster Bay-Cold Spring Harbor Protection Committee, and Water For Long Island.

Corinne Carriero has recently retired as the Directof of Instructional Technology, Business Education and LIbraries for the Half Hollow Hills School District. She has also worked as an adjunct professor of Educational Technology at Long Island University and SUNY Stony Brook. The ComputerWorld Honors Programs designated her a Smithsonian Laureate for her expertise, innovation and leadership in the area of educational technology and professional development. Corinne is a frequent presenter at national, state and local education conferences and has served as a past president of the Association of Suffolk Supervisors for Educational Technologies.

Laura Cirino

Mickey Clement

Michael Destio

Blanca Duarte is founder and president of a consulting firm, LogicWing Inc., where she focuses on the use of educational technology to engage today's learners and improve classroom interaction for both students and teachers. She also works with museums and cultural institutions on the use of emerging technologies and on the creation of online courses to facilitate learning. This work has included MoMA, The Wildlife Conservation Society and PBS. She currently serves on the board of Variety Child Learning Center, a preschool for children with special needs and h2Empower, an organization dedicated to empowering communities in Africa through education and technology. She is a member of the Long Island Association Education Committee, her local school district technology committee, as well as others dedicated to improving the education of others. Her work with the Intel Education group includes facilitating courses promoting leadership, assessment and collaboration. She has worked as an adjunct professor at Long Island University and New York Institute of Technology in their educational technology programs. She has presented locally, nationally and internationally on the use of technology to differentiate and promote learning.

Pamela Ford has for over 15 years developed exhibitions and visual arts programming to academic, school, adult and professional audiences. Her resume includes a position as Director of Education at the Studio Museum in Harlem and Program Director of the Romare Bearden Foundation. She has written and published essays, interpretive materials and award-winning art curricula based on collections and exhibitions for several New York area arts institutions. She is the curator of From Process to Print: the Graphic Work of Romare Bearden, a nationally traveling exhibition.

Bill Grabowski

Margy Hargraves, Chairman of The Heckscher Museum Board

Julie Haring

Maxine Jurow

Salvatore A. Randazzo is currently the K-12 Director of Fine Arts for the Half Hollow Hills School District. Prior to becoming an administrator in Half Hollow Hills, he was Director of Art and Music for East Islip Schools and Coordinator of Art and Music for North Babylon Schools, where he began his teaching career as a high school band director. Sal is the Past Executive Director and a Past President of the New York State Council of Administrators in Music Education and was the Government Relations Chairperson for the Suffolk County Music Educator's Association. As a musician, Sal has traveled and performed extensively as a trombonist, conductor, and arranger throughout the United States, Canada, and Europe. He was the featured jazz trombonist with the Buddy Rich Big Band and the Lionel Hampton 11 Piece Jazz Orchestra. Sal has also toured the Caribbean, Central America, and South America as Music Director for Carnival Cruise LInes and has performed throughout the United States with various artists including: The Pointer Sisters, Tony Bennett, Eddie Fisher, The Supremes, Little Anthony and the Imperials and Manhattan Transfer. Sal earned his undergraduate degree at the Berklee College of Music with a concentration in trombone performance and jazz composition. He holds a Master of Science Degree in Education from Dowling College and obtained his School District Administrator's License at Hofstra University.

Dr. Michael Schantz, Executive Director

Dr. Bette Schneiderman (Chair)

Rosemarie Sheetz

Charleen Turner, teachers/writer/photographer, finds her world shockingly beautiful. Ms. Turner, a Long Island resident, sees nature as the inspiration for her writing and photography. She taught in the public school system for over 30 years and now teaches nature photography, computer skills and lectures on the subject. She has been published on formidable nature web sites. Charleen Turner celebrates the creativity that we all possess: gently encouraging while helping her students of all ages find, explore and listen to, and bring out the artist within. Heckscher Park, in Huntington, Long Island, New York, is presently the main source for her body of work.

Allyson Uttendorfer is an art educator focusing on photography and Advanced Placement Art History at Half Hollow Hills High School East. This is her seventh year in the district. Prior to that she worked at the Heckscher Museum of Art for five years as an educator and educational director. She has maintained a role as an educational consultant and volunteered for the Museum throughout the years on the education committee, teaching during Summer ArtSense, and facilitating professional development opportunities for teachers.


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