MODA's Education Partners are schools, community centers, and educational organizations that share our belief that design is a tool for addressing important 21st century challenges.
MODA reinforces the educational efforts of our partners in innovative and out-of-the-box ways, helping to shape STEAM and Design Thinking problems and to empower students to use design to address real-world problems. In turn, our partners challenge us to think differently about what a museum is and how it interacts with visitors of all ages. As a result, our galleries are becoming classrooms, design labs, and sites of interaction and innovation.
For information about becoming an Education Partner at MODA, please contact Laura Flusche, firstname.lastname@example.org or 404.979.6457.
Our Current Partners
Founded by Ron Seichrist in 1978, Portfolio Center was the first of its kind. The institution created and defined the concept of the portfolio school as an immersive experience that replicates the creative professional environment. Now, as part of the Miami Ad School network—Ron’s other brainchild—Portfolio Center students can start their creative education in Atlanta and study or intern in up to four additional cities around the globe. Graduates enter the job market with real-world experience and a network of industry contacts. With Miami Ad School’s placement assistance paving the way, Portfolio Center grads are ready and skilled to start their first creative job in some of the most successful firms, agencies and corporations on the planet, spanning six continents.
MODA's rally cry is "We want more design, Atlanta," and Portfolio Center is one of the local institutions here in our city that is helping us achieve just that! With a shared passion for educating designers about the design process and design's capability to solve problems, transform lives, and make the world a better place, a partnership between MODA and Portfolio Center was a no-brainer. MODA and Portfolio Center work together to bring Design Conversations to Atlanta. Once a month, over the course of a year, we bring in one national designer to speak about their work, process, inspirations, etc. to educate the community, raise awareness for design, and to help build creative confidence in the creative community. Check out the Design Conversation line up here.
Georgia Technology College of Design
Georgia Tech's College of Design uses the design process to develop new technologies, anticipate the future of buildings and environments,m and change the way people experience art, things and their immediate surroundings. Unlike traditional art and design schools, they consider design as the intersection between technology and how we engage in the world. The College of Design regularly digs into the science behind what is clearly an art elsewhere.
MODA partners with Georgia Tech's College of Design because we too draw the connection between design and functionality, emphasizing human experiences, from products and soundscapes, to living in buildings and cities. We are excited to offer campMODA sessions in partnership with Georgia Tech's College of Design held on the Tech campus this summer. Check them out here!
Sponsored by The Lovett School, Lab Atlanta is a Midtown-based semester school for 10th-graders offering an honors-level academic curriculum and immersive, city-based design and innovation experience. Students apply to attend and, if accepted and enrolled, leave their home school for one semester to join other curious and engaged students from the city’s public and independent schools. Students earn core academic credits in a diverse and inclusive environment that builds civic leadership, design, and innovation skills.
MODA is partnering with the Lab Atlanta team to expose students to MODA exhibitions and hands-on design thinking activities in a collaborative field trip setting. All Lab Atlanta students have joined Design Club, MODA's free membership program for kids!
Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation & Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School
The Mt. Vernon Institute for Innovation & Mt. Vernon Presbyterian School hold the honor of being our first educational partners. MODA and Mt. Vernon share the belief that Design Thinking empowers students to think critically, work collaboratively, and address real-world problems.
We have collaborated with Mt. Vernon on a variety of projects, but one of the most inspiring occurred in 2015 when the school's Innovation Diploma students served as consultants to the museum helping to generate and test ideas about how MODA might create and shape an out-of-the-box membership community and how we might measure visitor satisfaction more creatively and effectively.
The Howard School
The Howard School recognizes and celebrates each learner's passions and strengths, while also addressing their disabilities and weaknesses.
The Howard School's interdisciplinary team brings experience, enthusiasm and research-based expertise to a full and robust academic program that includes the arts, technology and athletics. MODA is thrilled to partner with The Howard School to assist in developing and empowering students to advocate for their own learning needs through the design process both in school and beyond, in order to help learners realize their true potential.
The Children's School
The Children's School is located in Midtown Atlanta, just blocks from MODA. The school prioritizes hands-on, experiential learning and infuses Design Thinking into academic and instructional efforts.
MODA's relationship with The Children's School began with teachers using our galleries as classrooms, effectively breaking the mold of the traditional museum field trip. In the past year, MODA has joined forces with The Children's School at Makers Faire, bringing making and innovation to youth in a section of the Faire called Innovators' Playground.
We also partnered with The Children's School to bring Innovators' Playground activities to on of our monthly Family Free Days as seen in this video:
First Presbyterian Preschool — located just across the street from MODA — offers preschool and Kindergarten classes for children ages 18 months through Kindergarten. Founded in 1946, it is the oldest, continuously operating preschool in Georgia.
MODA is thrilled to partner with First Presbyterian Preschool in the 2016-2017 academic year to offer in-museum workshops with littleBits, LEGOs, Robotics, and tinkering that teach valuable STEAM and design skills to students of all ages. In the summer of 2016, we collaborated with the preschool to offer a STEAM-based summer camp as well.