The educational vision of SUMA is to become the first nationally accredited art museum operated by graduate and undergraduate students in a shared research, learning and applied environment mentored by the faculty, administration and staff of SUU.
SUMA will be designed to serve as a model laboratory for collections and exhibition research, educational programming, public school outreach and empirical evaluation of the visitor experience.
An existing Master of Fine Arts degree in Arts Administration develops well-rounded professional arts administrators. SUMA will provide these students with the day-to-day practical experience managing staff, programs and facilities. These emerging administrators will earn a graduate degree and a verifiable arts management resume.
A new undergraduate minor in museum studies will provide hands-on experience in registration methods, collections care, conduction educational programs, exhibit design and installation. These students will earn a relevant degree and a resume built on solid knowledge-based museum skills.
SUU students will have an opportunity to develop and implement creative and innovative outreach programs that will enhance the arts education experiences of thousands of K-12 student from throughout the region.
To help build public awareness for SUMA, the Community Engagement Committee created the "3-inch Art Show" which featured works of art by students from area schools. Students were given a 3" by 3" square to create their masterpiece. Working closely with teachers, this project was integrated into the classroom curriculum. Each completed piece was fasten to a foam core column and displayed at the Braithwaite Fine Arts Gallery in May 2011.