Education of the community, especially children, is extremely important to the Museum and its mission. ArtLink tours for school children are offered year round; ArtSmart programs, developed by the Museum, for in-school and after-school programs and professional development are available; Art Academy sessions for 8 to 17-year-olds are held during school breaks; other educational programs are in development. The Museum proudly partners with Fresno County Superintendent of Schools, Fresno Unified School District, Sanger Unified School District, and the Girl Scouts to develop art educational programs to benefit San Joaquin Valley residents.
The role of an art museum in a community is a very important tool that can be utilized by teachers and schools to enhance their curriculum and introduce children to art and culture in a fun, memorable, and unintimidating way. There are several options which teachers have to add the visual arts to their curriculum:
- After-School and In-School Art Programs taught by our teaching artists.
- ArtLink Field Trips: Interactive gallery tours followed by an art workshop in our classroom with our teaching artists and/or museum trained docents.
- Partnering with Fresno Unified School District, the Museum provides opportunities for nearly 6,000 third grade students to show their artwork in our ChildSpace gallery and visit the Museum with their families for free.
- Home School parents can take advantage of our classes during the summer break, bring a group of homeschool children to the Museum for an ArtLink tour, or organize a regular weekly class for a group of homeschool children at the Museum.
The Museum is open to designing special programs for your school or organization. Please contact the Education Director Susan Yost Filgate at 559-441-4221 x101 to discuss possible program ideas.
Teachers! Do you need some help with teaching a visual art lesson? Please feel free to watch any or all of the episodes of ART IS made by our local PBS station. They were created by Dr. Terry Allen, a former Clovis area principal who also helped develop the Fresno Art Museum's ArtSmart program. Click here to watch.