Despite being closed to the public during the COVID-19 pandemic, the Snite Museum of Art remains a vibrant institution that is available to the students, staff, and faculty of the University of Notre Dame, Saint Mary’s College, and Holy Cross College. Most visitors are students who require access to the Museum for academic coursework. Bridget Hoyt, the Curator of Education for Academic Programs for the past eight years, is the mover and shaker behind the Museum-Academic partnership. She is a Notre Dame alumna who has a background in art history and museum education.
Bridget’s role is to support and collaborate with faculty members to identify and foster goals that utilize the visual arts as a learning tool. When course descriptions are released by faculty members each semester, Bridget identifies specific learning outcomes and reaches out to faculty with suggestions of how they can partner with the Museum to attain them. She also assists professors in writing grants for course revision and development and often introduces faculty to new pedagogical strategies. Most academic disciplines tap the Snite for the visual arts, but others—such as sociology—might examine the Museum’s organizational structure.