Teachers Working in a Museum Gallery

Teacher Professional Learning Workshop

Carnegie Museum of Art


Stories connect us to one another and help us make sense of our experiences. They can be funny, dramatic, sad, perplexing, or transformative. So can works of art. This workshop focuses on creative writing inspired by artworks from the CMOA collection. Get ideas for your own classroom as museum educators guide you through exercises that ignite students’ creativity. Using the exhibition The Stories You TellPittsburgh-based writer and editor Matthew Newton will lead a workshop centered on writing as craft, the museum as a place for storytelling, and the creation of six-word stories.

Newton is associate editor at Carnegie Museum of Art, where he edits Storyboard, the institution's digital journal, and oversees editorial content for the Hillman Photography Initiative, Teenie Harris Archive, and special exhibition projects. His essays, many about class and culture, have been published by GuernicaThe Oxford American, and The Rumpus, and his reporting has appeared in The Atlantic, Esquire, Forbes, and Spin. His debut book Shopping Mall will be published by Bloomsbury in September 2017.

Registration includes a light dinner. Up to two Act 48 hours available.