The 1859 Treaty of Amity and Commerce established the first American legation in Japan at the Zenpuku-ji Temple (Pruyn's designation: Semphufugee). Townsend Harris (1804-1878) was the first American consul-general. Albanian, Robert Hewson Pruyn … Learn More
The Albany Institute of History & Art is dedicated to excellence in education. We offer unique learning opportunities that address NY state and National Learning Standards, integrating Visual Arts, English Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, and Mathematics through object based learning. All of the fun and engaging experiences offered are based on the Institute's renowned collections and are led by experienced educators, and professionally trained docents.
Lessons incorporate hands-on activities to strengthen gallery learning through programs that build visual thinking and interdisciplinary skills. In addition, each lesson offers the option of an art making activity.
Programs are designed to be age-appropriate and actively engage school children in object based learning. Typical school visits are two hours and include a one hour lesson the the gallery and a one hour art making activity in the studio. Most programs can accommodate 60 students. Groups are required to have one adult chaperone for every ten students.