Wyoming K-12 Teachers Eligible for Free Nicolaysen Art Museum Membership | caspar

Wyoming K-12 teachers and their families can now get a free membership in the Nicolaysen Art Museum.

This includes free admission to the gallery, discounts on museum programs, and 10% off the museum gift shop, among other perks. In total, the offer is worth more than $100, said Katie Couch, the museum’s communications director.

Couch said the new program is part of a larger effort by the Nicolaysens to make the museum more accessible to educators.

The “past exhibitions” page on the museum’s website, for example – which includes virtual tours, interviews with artists and educational resources – was created to help connect classrooms to the museum even if they cannot. not come in person, she said.

With free memberships for educators, the museum also hopes to make tours more affordable.

“We didn’t want teachers to be held back,” Couch said.

Any certified Wyoming teacher at a public, private, or charter school is eligible. At this time, this does not include other K-12 staff, retirees, or college instructors. That’s because of funding constraints, Couch said. The museum eventually hopes to open the program to more people.

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About 30 people have joined so far. Majority teaches in the Natrona County School District, but is available to teachers statewide.

The agreement also grants teachers membership in all institutions belonging to the North American Reciprocal Museum Association.

More than a thousand museums in the United States, Canada, Mexico, El Salvador and Bermuda are part of the group. Besides the Nicolaysen, there are four others in Wyoming: the Jackson Hole Historical Society and Museum in Jackson, the Museum of the Mountain Man in Pinedale, the Brinton Museum in Big Horn, and the University of Wyoming Art Museum in Laramie.

Teachers can stop by the Nicolaysen reception with a school ID card or recent payslip to register. Applicants will be asked to provide their position, school and school district, and work emails. An online registration form is also available on the Nicolaysen Art Museum website.

Membership cards last for one year, but teachers can renew theirs at no cost.

The Nicolaysen is open Tuesday to Saturday from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

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