New York City offers abundant cultural learning opportunities for our students. The School’s unique relationship with The Metropolitan Museum of Art in particular allows Marymount students to become citizens of rather than tourists in the Museum. Students in all divisions regularly explore the galleries and identify the function art plays in the development of peoples, nations, and movements. By engaging with the works of art, students also develop essential visual literacy skills, which will serve them in a variety of contexts and fields. Several studio art, social studies, humanities, and art history classes meet weekly in the Museum’s Carroll Classroom, seminar room, and galleries. Seniors can elect to take a variety of arts-related seminars, including a college-level Art History Intensive, in which they learn how to recognize, interpret, and analyze works of art within their historical, cultural, and religious contexts. Students also frequently explore other museums around the city, including the Cloisters, the Museum of Modern Art, the Guggenheim, the Frick, the Jewish Museum, El Museo del Barrio, and the American Museum of Natural History. In addition, teachers participate in ongoing professional development opportunities offered by these great institutions and integrate themes from special exhibits on view into their lessons, thus keeping the curriculum fresh and current.