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    About the Schwarz Education Center

    Education programs produced by the Museum’s Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center utilize exhibitions and our incomparable collections to make the city’s history compelling and accessible to young people, serving nearly 50,000 students each year, the great majority of whom attend under-resourced public schools.

    The Center’s programs address the persistent, city-wide problem of student underachievement in social studies. Our approach to the subject challenges children to build their critical thinking skills: interpreting evidence; connecting new information and prior knowledge; drawing reasoned conclusions; and communicating their conclusions and reasoning clearly. These skills are crucial to children’s success in school, in the workplace, and throughout their lives.

    Programs take place in the Center’s state-of-the-art classrooms, Museum galleries, and in the city itself. All activities—including our flagship School Programs for groups visiting on field trips, out-of-school time programs, family programs, and professional development workshops for teachers—are led by trained museum educators.

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    Support Us

    If you’d like to make a gift in support of our education programs please contact Polly Rua, Vice President for Institutional Advancement, at or 917-492-3303, or click on the link below to donate online.

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    Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center Council
    Vanya Desai, Nellie Gipson, Polly Merrill, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathy Prounis, Coco Quinlan, Ann Spence, and Valerie Rowe.

    The Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center is endowed by grants from The Thompson Family Foundation Fund, the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation, William Randolph Hearst Endowment, and other generous donors.

    Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center programs are made possible through the generous support of:

    Brenner Family Foundation
    Charina Endowment Fund
    Gray Foundation
    The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
    Stavros Niarchos Foundation
    Henry Nias Foundation, Inc.
    Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation
    The Rochlis Family Foundation
    The Rowe Family Foundation
    May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
    Tianaderrah Foundation
    U.S. Bank Foundation

    Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by:

    Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
    Herbert and Edythe F. Benjamin Fund
    Zita Ezpeleta
    Robert Finger
    Carol Gellos
    Susan and Roy A. Glaser
    Budd and Jane Goldman
    The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
    Kathleen Benson Haskins
    Kamie and Richard Lightburn
    Lone Pine Foundation
    Rosemary McClare
    Metzger-Price Fund, Inc.
    Mr. and Mrs. Robert R. Morse
    New York City Department of Education
    Elizabeth and Matthew O’Connell
    Elizabeth O. Pitts
    F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation
    Mr. Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.

    The Museum is grateful to the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation, which supports a Predoctoral Fellowship Program in History Education.

    Programs in conjunction with Activist New York and Beyond Suffrage: A Century of New York Women in Politics are made possible by The Puffin Foundation Ltd.

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    Education programs for New York at Its Core are made possible by:



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    Additional support is provided by:

    Netherland-America Foundation

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