To engage, educate and unify groups through facilitated arts experiences that inspire joy and foster critical and creative thinking, as well as an appreciation for our shared humanity.
Rooted in Visual Thinking Strategies, our teaching prioritizes and honors the interpretations of group members. We foster dynamic discussions by asking the right questions and linking ideas. Finally, we add fun facts and a little academic rigor to the conversation. The result? An arts experience that is engaging and rewarding for all participants. Our talks break down elitist stereotypes of the art world through an informal tone, a slight irreverence and lots of laughter.
Arts experiences correlate to good health, satisfaction with life, low anxiety and low depression in both men and women. Additionally, viewing artwork, particularly work that one finds beautiful, causes a person to experience joys similar to falling in love.
Talking about art is a workout for the brain and nourishment for the soul.
Jane was leading tours at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum in Boston when she first began to appreciate the special magic that happens when people look at art together and share their genuine reactions and questions.
"Talking about art requires bravery - you're inherently vulnerable when you share your perspective. There is joy in seeing things in a new way - and in simply shifting gears to appreciate the beauty and poetry of everyday life."
Jane holds a master’s in Art History from Boston University and a master’s in Education from the Harvard University Graduate School of Education. She is a NH native and has worked at some of the state’s most esteemed cultural institutions, including the League of New Hampshire Craftsmen, where she served as Executive Director, and the Currier Museum of Art, where she held the role of Senior Educator. Jane founded the Currier’s Alzheimer’s Cafe and led the tour program for the museum and the Frank Lloyd Wright-designed Zimmerman House. She has taught Art History at the college level for more than a decade, most recently at the NH Institute of Art.
Megan McIntyre, Art Education Specialist
Megan discovered the magic of art as a child and some her fondest memories are of visiting museums with her mother. In college, Megan studied art and served as a gallery guide at the Smith College Museum of Art, where she fell in love with sharing art with others, especially those new to the museum setting. The experience would fuel a career in museum education and her passion for sharing art with people of all ages and backgrounds.
Megan holds a master’s in Museum Studies from Harvard University. She has worked in museum education at the Wichita Museum of Art and was the Manager of Tours and Volunteers at the Currier Museum of Art. In that role, Megan worked with students, adult learners and visiting groups from across the country. In addition to her love of art, Megan has interest in historic preservation and a serious passion for fashion.