School programs at MASS MoCA focus on facilitating students’ experiences with contemporary art through guided, conversation-style tours, and art-making. MASS MoCA uses its array of world-class exhibition programming — particularly Kidspace’s thematic exhibitions — as a platform for discussing contemporary social issues, as well as to expand notions about art and art materials.
About the School Partnership Program
MASS MoCA forged its inaugural school partnership with Brayton Elementary School in North Adams in 2000. Through the Kidspace gallery and associated programming, the partnership provides 100% subsidized educational opportunities to a growing number of students and teachers in the region. The program currently reaches 10 partner schools.
A significant aspect of the partnership program is to involve the entire student body of each partner school in annual programs that focus on a specific theme particularly relevant to children, explored in the Kidspace exhibition. Additionally, students participate in artist residency programs with Kidspace exhibiting artists. Partnership schools also attend Art Assembly school-time performances. Semi-annual teacher workshops provide opportunities for teachers to brainstorm and to develop classroom connections.
For more information, contact email@example.com or Amanda Tobin at 413.664.4481 x8165.
Pre-K – 12th Grade Guided Tours
Guided conversational-style tours are available to all Pre-K – 12th grade students and homeschool groups. Find rates and additional information here. For reservations, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call Hilary Knecht at 413.664.4481 x8150.
Art Assembly Performances
Art Assembly programs offer students the opportunity to experience today’s most innovative performing artists in professional theater spaces. Three live theater, dance, and music performances are offered each year, geared to elementary school-aged audiences, for $5 per student. To reserve tickets or inquire about transportation, please contact email@example.com or call Zorelly Cepeda at 413.664.4481 x8164.
Teacher Workshops and Resources
MASS MoCA leads a wide range of teacher workshops for professional development around arts-centricity in Pre-K – 12 education. Past examples include summer institutes for teachers, hosting the 2015 Massachusetts Arts Education Association (MAEA) annual conference, and partnerships with the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts around STEM-to-STEAM in early childhood education.
Interested in designing a professional development workshop with us? Email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Amanda Tobin at 413.664.4481 x8165.
High School Programs
Tours for high school groups can be tailored to the individual needs of the classroom teachers. For reservations, contact email@example.com or call Hilary Knecht at 413.664.4481 x8150.
Through Art Museums Partnership for Education (AMPED), high school teachers work with Williams College students to develop in-depth experiences using the collections and exhibitions available at the Clark Art Institute, Williams College Museum of Art, and MASS MoCA. For more information, contact Sean Charette at firstname.lastname@example.org.