Groundbreaking Pilot Program Uses Visual Arts to Promote Literacy Among Adults Learning English

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ROSLYN HARBOR, NY.- Over the past year, educators at Nassau County Museum of Art (NCMA) and Queensborough Community College (QCC) have been developing strategies that use the visual arts to assist non-English speaking adults achieve English literacy. The result, the CALTA (Culture and Literacy through Art) Institute, was launched at a four-day workshop held at the museum from June 14-17, 2010. The American Association of Museums (AAM) says that this program positions NCMA as “a key player in helping ease the transition of new immigrants into their American communities.” The NCMA/QCC collaboration is one of only a handful of initiatives nationwide cited by AAM. According to the AAM report, CALTA “offers English language learners a means of finding a voice in a new culture and, for some, new modes of critical expression.” This program has been made possible through a grant from the Institute for Museums and Library Services (IMLS). Museum Director Karl Emil Wil