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NEH will Include in their National Online Educational Resource

September 12, 2006

LOS ANGELES—The National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) has selected the Getty’s award-winning education Web site ( as one of the best online resources for education in the humanities.  The Getty Web site will be included in the NEH’s EDSITEment (, which serves as a gateway to the highest quality humanities-related educational content on the Internet.  Through EDSITEment, the Getty’s database of over 100 lesson plans and other teaching guides will reach an even wider audience of teachers, parents, and students.

EDSITEment is a partnership with the NEH, the National Trust for the Humanities, and the MarcoPolo Education Foundation. It helps to sort through thousands of educational sites available on the Internet to bring together the best materials in subjects ranging from American history to literature, world history and culture, language, art, and archaeology.   The education site at was selected from several hundred sites nominated each year for inclusion in EDSITEment. All Web sites linked to EDSITEment go through a thorough two-panel review process conducted by educators and administrators, and leaders in education, humanities, government, and business.  Web sites judged to have exceptional content, design, and educational impact in the classroom are invited to be included in EDSITEment, which has become a central resource used by educators in schools across the country. The Getty will join some of the world’s leading museums, libraries, cultural institutions, and universities on EDSITEment.

“It is an honor to be recognized for our work in education and to be a part of EDSITEment,” says Peggy Fogelman, assistant director, Education and Interactive Programs at the J. Paul Getty Museum. “A large part of the Getty’s mission has always centered on arts education so EDSITEment complements our efforts in many ways.  We have consistently worked closely with teachers to develop ideas and curricula for the classroom that can be easily disseminated through the Web, so we are delighted to be able to reach out to more people through EDSITEment’s network.  Together, we will help make a deeper impact on education.”

The Getty’s Web site features a special art education section, at, that is one of the most comprehensive tools available to K–12 and ESL teachers.  It is filled with teaching materials that have been developed by education staff members at the J. Paul Getty Museum, with many produced in cooperation with teachers. Lesson plans and curricula are based on works of art held in the Museum’s collection and adhere to the California State Content Standards for Visual Arts and the National Standards for Visual Arts, which guide art education for students, as well as those for other subjects such as language arts, history, and social science.  These resources, offered free, include a searchable database of over 100 lesson plans, a step-by-step guide to help teachers build their own arts-based curricula, and a forum where educators from around the country can get together online to discuss and exchange ideas.  The site is updated regularly and supported by resources at, including links to background information about artists, objects, historical periods, and other information.

Among the Getty-developed online educational resources are the “Art and Language Arts” curriculum, which works to improve language and visual arts skills among K-5 students, and the “About Life” curriculum, with lesson plans based on the Depression-era photographs of Dorothea Lange, which teaches students about photography and social history.  The Getty Web site also features a “Language Through Art” curriculum that encourages adult ESL students to practice their language skills by getting them to look at and describe portraits, landscapes, and narrative works of art. 

In addition to materials for educators, the Getty Web site contains digital resources for the general public, including Web-only features and virtual exhibitions that allow online visitors to explore art more closely with sophisticated zoom, pan, and rotate technologies.  A recent addition is the establishment of the virtual Getty Museum in the online world of Whyville, a Web-based educational community for children, which is accessible through   The Getty Web site is also known for its research resources and scholarly databases that are among the most comprehensive in the field, serving scholars and art professionals.

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John Giurini
Getty Communications Dept.

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