Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers Receives PNC Grant to Celebrate Storytelling

February 23, 2012

New Brunswick, NJ – The Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers University is pleased to announce the March 2012 schedule for Celebration of Storytelling, the Preschool Educators Workshop, and Preschool Adventures in Art and Storytelling. The Zimmerli’s Storytelling programs are free to participants, made possible by a generous grant from the PNC Foundation and delivered in support of its signature cause in early childhood education, PNC Grow Up Great. These popular programs, which take place at the museum located at 71 Hamilton Avenue on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University, fill up quickly, so early registration is highly recommended by calling 732.932.7237, ext. 640.

Nationally-acclaimed storyteller, author, and educator Laura Simms conducts the Zimmerli’s sixth annual Celebration of Storytelling on Tuesday and Wednesday, March 13 and 14, from 10 to 11 a.m. Her performance focuses on the themes of Friends and The Gift of Dreams. An associate of the International Institute for Peace (under the auspices of UNESCO) at Rutgers in Newark, Simms has developed a Peace Education Curriculum. She also has received the Sesame Street Sunny Days Award and is a three-time artist-in-residence at the Lincoln Center Institute. She currently works for Mercy Corps, training teachers to work with young children in post-earthquake Haiti. Celebration of Storytelling is open to preschool age classes, as well as individuals (appropriate for ages 3 to 5 years old), but seating is limited and reservations are required by calling 732.932.7237, ext. 640. Children who are not part of a school group must be accompanied by an adult.

Laura Simms also leads the Preschool Educators Workshop on Tuesday, March 13, from 4 to 7 p.m. The theme of her workshop is Stories Make The World: Imagination, Storytelling, and Young Children. In her workshop, she guides teachers who seek to inspire their students to express themselves through storytelling. The physical and imaginative nature of storytelling engages preschoolers to have fun, while strengthening their listening, reading, and communication skills. Simms shows educators how to lead students in creating a personal family tale, which instills children with a sense of belonging and history. She also shows teachers how to incorporate techniques that hold youngsters’ attention when they are exposed to longer stories. Her question and answer sessions, as well as handouts, enhance an understanding of the process. Space is limited to 35 educators. Each participant receives three professional development credit hours for attending the program. Refreshments will be served. Please call 732.932.7237, ext. 640 for more information or to register.     

Preschool Adventures in Art and Storytelling is available by appointment October through June, Tuesday through Friday, for groups of ten to 36 children (recommended for ages 3 1/2 to 5 years old). Each 75-minute session includes 30 minutes of storytelling with a professional storyteller, an age-appropriate museum tour, a musical art-hunt parade, and a drawing activity in the gallery. Please call 732.932.7237, ext. 640 to schedule a visit to the Zimmerli.


The Jane Voorhees Zimmerli Art Museum at Rutgers houses more than 60,000 works of art, ranging from ancient to contemporary art. The permanent collection features particularly rich holdings in nineteenth-century French art; Russian art, from icons to avant-garde material; Soviet nonconformist art from the Dodge Collection; and American art with notable holdings of prints. One of the largest and most distinguished university-based art museums in the nation, the Zimmerli is located on the New Brunswick campus of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Established in 1766, Rutgers is America’s eighth oldest institution of higher learning and a premier public research university.


The Zimmerli’s operations, exhibitions, and programs are funded in part by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; the Estate of Victoria J. Mastrobuono; the New Jersey State Council on the Arts/Department of State, a Partner Agency of the National Endowment for the Arts; Johnson & Johnson; and the donors, members, and friends of the museum. The March Storytelling, art, and educator programs are made possible through a grant from the PNC Foundation, which receives its principal funding from The PNC Financial Services Group (NYSE: PNC).


The Zimmerli Art Museum is located at 71 Hamilton Street (at George Street) on the College Avenue campus of Rutgers University in New Brunswick. The Zimmerli is a short walk from the NJ Transit train station in New Brunswick, midway between New York City and Philadelphia.

Hours are Tuesday through Friday, 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Saturday and Sunday, noon to 5 p.m., and the first Wednesday of each month (except August), 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. The museum is closed Mondays, major holidays, and the month of August.

Admission is $6 for adults; $5 for adults over 65; and free for museum members, Rutgers students, faculty and staff (with ID), and children under 18. Admission is free on the first Sunday of every month. For more information, call 732.932.7237, ext. 610 or visit the museum’s website: www.zimmerlimuseum.rutgers.edu


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