OMAA Education and Outreach

Community Partner

Governor Baxter School for the Deaf, Portland Public School District


  • Weekly art classes for mixed-age elementary school students, September to June
  • Summer art classes for middle and high school students

OMAA’s Approach

OMAA Education Coordinator Jill Burke draws on the museum’s close connection to two of America’s earliest art colonies that contributed to the roots of American modernism. She selects objects to share with students from OMAA’s permanent collection of important paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, and photographs from the late 1800s to present, educating students about the artist, the medium, and elements of art and design that can be drawn from the artwork. Students then create artworks that relate to the selected artist and medium. Ms. Burke is joined by an ASL interpreter for each lesson.

Results of our Work  

This course serves as Baxter’s sole art program for students in grades K-4 during the school year and for K-12 summer program participants. Through it, students learn to look critically and communicate critically about art as they develop skills in artistic self-expression. The program includes field trips to OMAA and culminates in a spring art show of the students’ work.


“The relationship that has been built between the Ogunquit Museum of American Art and The Governor Baxter School for the Deaf and Hard of Hearing has been nothing but positive for our students.  The students have learned a great deal about different artists and a variety of techniques through the use of materials when creating art.  We look forward to continuing the collaborations with the museum and exposing our students to the variety of art on exhibit.”

Colleen Lally,  M.Ed.

Teacher of the Deaf and Hard of Hearing

Special Education, K-5

Baxter School for the Deaf


Baxter staff member and student having fun with a view finder

Baxter staff member and student having fun with a view finder















The OMAA Education and Community Outreach Program is funded by the Beverly Hallam Education Fund, by Steven and Andrea Levy, and by the Donato J. Tramuto Foundation. In 2015, the program also received individual contributions through OMAA’s White Glove Fund. For more information or to support this program, please contact Jill Burke: