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.
Meet the team
Frederick A.O. Schwarz Education Center Committee
Lisa Abel, Vanya Desai, Nellie Gipson, Paige Boller Malik, Polly Merrill, Tracey Pontarelli, Kathy Prounis, Coco Quinlan, Valerie Rowe, Ann Spence and Paula Zakaria.
Programs at the Schwarz Center are made possible through the generous support of:
Brenner Family Foundation
The Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History
Lulu & Leo Fund
Henry Nias Foundation, Inc.
Robert and Kate Niehaus Foundation
The Pinkerton Foundation
May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation
The Tianaderrah Foundation
U.S. Bank Foundation
Additional support for the Schwarz Center is provided by:
Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation
The Gordon and Llura Gund Foundation
Metzger-Price Fund, Inc.
The National Archives at New York City
Consulate General of The Netherlands
New York Council for the Humanities
Diane and James E. Quinn
Bruno A. and Mary Ann Quinson
Susan Rochlis/ The Rochlis Family Foundation
Frederick A.O. Schwarz, Jr.
Sharon and Tom Teles
Stacey and Jeffrey Weber
The Schwarz Center is endowed by grants from the F.A.O. Schwarz Family Foundation and other generous donors.
Programs in conjunction with Activist New York are made possible by The Puffin Foundation.
Family Programs in conjunction with Folk City are made possible by The D’Addario Foundation.