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The Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA) was on hiatus during summer 2018. SICA will resume in summer 2019.

The Summer Institute on Contemporary Art (SICA), was established in 2013 as a professional development institute for preK12 teachers. SICA is a a collaboration between the Palmer Museum of Art and the Art Education Program at Penn State.

Dana Carlisle Kletchka, Assistant Professor of Art Museum Education in the Department of Arts Administration, Education and Policy at The Ohio State University (former Curator of Education at the Palmer Museum of Art and Affiliate Assistant Professor of Art Education,) and B. Stephen Carpenter, II, Professor of Art Education and African American Studies in the School of Visual Arts (SoVA) are the co-founders of SICA.

SICA participants are pK12 teachers and museum educators who engage in four or five days of intensive face to face experiences in the Palmer Museum of Art and in studio classrooms in SoVA.

Participants interact directly with works of art from the permanent collection and exhibition galleries, engage in intimate interpretation sessions with contemporary works on paper in the Print Study Room, discuss readings, and participate in discussions, gallery talks, and an art making studio experience.

Participants gain knowledge about interpretation and art criticism by working directly with SICA faculty and visiting scholars to interpret contemporary works of art as means to explore approaches to meaning making, pedagogy, curriculum, and art making inspired by contemporary art.

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