The Barnes Foundation: Art, Innovation, and Education
Engage and connect : Tours / Trips
Sunday, June 23, 9:30–11:30 am
Location: OffSite Barnes Foundation, 2025 Benjamin Franklin Pkwy, Philadelphia
Clay Cofer Jennifer Brehm Nadler
Dr. Albert Coombs Barnes was not just a collector of fine art but an inventor and innovator who dedicated most of his life to education. Clay Cofer and Jennifer Brehm of the Barnes Foundation will present about the history of the foundation and its collection in relation to Dr. Barnes's educational mission. The program will also feature how the Foundation has built on Dr. Barnes’s original pedagogy to incorporate different teaching strategies with PreK-12 school groups.
Clay Cofer is the Lead of the Art Team at the Barnes Foundation, a group of art historians, artists and educators who engage guests in the gallery with compelling content on the collection through the form of pop-up talks and conversations. He has a PhD in Classical and Near Eastern Archaeology from Bryn Mawr College and has been working as an archaeologist and specialist in ancient sculpture on the island of Cyprus for more than twenty years. Clay makes our collection accessible to guests in new and enlightening ways by showing us how to view 19th and 20th century art through “ancient” eyes.
Jennifer Brehm Nadler is the Director of PreK-12 and Educator Programs at the Barnes Foundation. She is trained as a museum educator with over 20 years of experience leading and working in cultural institutions creating and providing educational programs and materials to serve a wide variety of ages. She has been Director of Education at organizations such as Independence Seaport Museum, Japanese House & Garden, and Valley Forge Historical Society, and developed programs with Historic Mount Vernon, and the Rosenbach Museum & Library. She joined the Barnes Foundation in 2010 as the Outreach Project Manager for the Art of Looking program where she was responsible for creating the STEAM-based initiative, writing the materials, and evaluating its progress. Following the success of the Art of Looking program, she was promoted to K-12 and Educator Programs Manager and later to Director to oversee all K-12 initiatives onsite and offsite for the Barnes. In this role, she increased the number of students visiting the Barnes by over 400% and manages programming with support from The Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, established by Glaxo Smith Kline, an endowment that provides generous annual support for K–8 education outreach programs in the School District of Philadelphia. She is a member of many educational associations including American Alliance of Museums, National Council on Teachers of Mathematics and the National Association of Art Educators. She is member of Pennsylvania Art Educators Association board as the Director of Museum Division. In 2014, she received an award for Pennsylvania Art Museum Educator of the year. She served on the board of the Philadelphia Museum Council of Philadelphia and the Delaware Valley for 10 years as the co-chair of the Museum Education Committee. She served as a board member of the Maritime Charter Academy and helped the organization begin its first years as a high achieving charter school. She has received awards at other institutions including Best Educational Programming in Philadelphia in 2001 according to Philadelphia Magazine. Jennifer has a M.A.T. degree in Museum Education from the George Washington University, where she was awarded the Colonial Williamsburg Scholarship for study related to Art and American History. She graduated with honors with a B.A. in Art History from the University of Massachusetts.