ArtNC is an educator resource built for the North Carolina Museum of Art (NCMA). The site offers a unique set of tools for educators, students, and art enthusiasts. The tools allow users to create Concept Maps, these include a work of art and concept tied together by connecting words or ideas. These visual tools can then be used for teaching about a work of art or concepts related to it. Additionally, the site offers lesson plans, program listings, artwork browsing, and a customizable portfolio for collecting your favorite items. The ArtNC site received an honorable mention for Education & Outreach at the 2012 MUSE Awards. It also received a Best of the Web award for Education at the 2013 Museums and the Web.
The IMA Lab built the site for the NCMA on top of the content management system Drupal. Custom modules were developed to allow users to create custom concept maps and for building user portfolios. The site is also leveraging Apache Solr to deliver fast search results and for displaying content listings. To create preview images of each concept map the headless Webkit browser PhantomJs was integrated into the project.Launch Site