The Story of CALTA21

In the words of our founder and a collaborating educator, this video illustrates the story and philosophy behind CALTA21 and the program’s impact on students. After a two-year collaboration with the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey, Patricia Lannes …

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The Visual Arts Center of New Jersey Grants Patricia Lannes the 2020 Art Changemaker Award

Each year, the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey honors someone from their community with the Art Changemaker Award, granted to those who use art as a positive force for social good. Patricia Lannes was honored to accept the 2020 Art Changemaker …

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Museums as Allies: Mobilizing to Address Migration - Journal of Museum Education

We are excited to announce that Patricia Lannes recently published an article and served as a guest editor for the February 2019 edition of the Journal of Museum Education. The special edition of the journal is dedicated to exploring the ways that m…

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Patricia Lannes featured in #WonderWomen Series by Jill Vitiello

It was an honor to be interviewed by Jill Vitiello of Vitiello Communication Group and featured in her #WonderWomen series. Jill has used her blog to highlight the work of businesswomen doing remarkable work – and we’re grateful for her recent featu…

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CALTA21 partnered with the Fleisher Art Memorial to expand upon
our previous collaborations and training – this time incorporating a
community-based organization called Sunrise of Philadelphia. Sunrise supports
youth facing adversity by helping them…

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The Barnes Foundation Education Department explores engagement strategies for English language learners

Museum educators, docents and teaching artists participated in a professional development workshop facilitated by Patricia Lannes at the Barnes Foundation. The Barnes is a historic organization that has traditionally been perceived as exclusive,…

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Meeting Challenges in Education and Building Community Partnerships with Elizabeth Public Schools and VACNJ

We hosted numerous CALTA21 Professional Development sessions
at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey over the course of the 2017-2018 school
year. Museum leadership staff from the center, along with more than thirty-five
middle and high school ESOL …

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CALTA21 Partners with the New Jersey Visual Arts Center and the Elizabeth School District

We’re pleased to announce that CALTA21 will be working with our neighbors at the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey and the Elizabeth Public Schools to help them expand their capacity to serve English Language Learners in the Garden State!

“A grant recently awarded the Visual Arts Center of New Jersey (VACNJ) will enable the Center to expand its capacity to offer such opportunities and serve English Language Learners (ELL) in both the local community and throughout the state. Presented by the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS) as part of the “Museums for America” program, the funds awarded will be used by the Art Center, in partnership with the Elizabeth Public School System, to engage in a training program that will equip VACNJ staff and Elizabeth Educators with the tools they need to best use their respective expertise to help English language learners through art…

VACNJ staff and school educators will receive training from CALTA21 (Cultures and Literacies Through Art for the 21st Century) during the 2017-2018 school year, with the goal of a pilot program set for summer 2018.”


The collaboration is featured on – read the full article here.

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Just announced! National and International conference presentations by CALTA21 team

Museums, arts and social change enthusiasts, mark your calendars! CALTA21 believes in sharing our passion, knowledge and experience with those also interested in the intersection of art, museums, language, immigration and its value in shaping a more inclusive society.  During our conference presentations, we share our findings and create spaces for dialogue on related topics. We welcome the opportunity to get to know you and learn about your work. If you or any of your colleagues are attending these conferences, please come and introduce yourselves!



AAM Color Logo AAM – St Louis, USA – May 7 – 10, 2017 – Attending: Patricia Lannes, CALTA21 Founder and Director – Co-Organizing – The Big Schmooze Go Grand Center –


Sunday May 7 – 6:30-9:30pm
Genial Conference Logo GENIAL – Generating Engagement and New Initiatives for All Latinos – San Francisco, USA – June 1, 2017 – Plenary Panel: Cecilia Garibay, Garibay Group Principal and Patricia Lannes, CALTA21 Founder and Director – Summit Launch Panel


Summit Launch Panel
Arts in Society – Paris, France – June 14-16, 2017 – Presentation: “Art and Museums Strenghten Communities: Building Immigrants’
Academic, Social and Cultural Capital,” Patricia Lannes, CALTA21 Founder and Director; Professor Kitty Bateman, Queensborough Community College, CUNY; Cecilia Garibay, Garibay Group Principal; Marianna Pegno, Associate Curator of Education, Tucson Museum of Art




Details to be announced


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MoMA's "What if we shared our stories?"

Watch CALTA21’s Patricia Lannes talk about her experience as coming to the United States.

This video was made with the support of MoMA’s Community Partnership program.

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