• museum programs

Choose from these experiences designed to invoke wonder, inspire conversation and empower artistic discovery through the rotating exhibitions at the Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art. All tours are free.

Registration is required; please visit ScottsdaleArts.org/Education or call 480-499-TKTS (8587).

All programs take place at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

NOTE: Museum programs may be formatted to make the experience accessible for diverse learners. Whether your learners thrive in a sensory-friendly environment, require an interpreter for language barriers or access learning through differentiated instruction, we will work with you to meet the learning needs of your group. Three weeks’ notice is required.

Early Childhood

Art Start Training Wheels

This program prepares children for museum visits by building skills of exploring, looking, listening, traveling and making art.

  • Recommended ages: 3 – 5
  • Maximum: Up to 24 students
  • Length: One hour

Online Request Form

Art Start

Choose up to three sequential museum visits that ignite curiosity through discovery while building skills of visual literacy, self-expression and critical thinking. Hands-on projects encourage play and experimentation while building fine motor skills to reinforce ideas learned.

  • Recommended grades: Pre-K – 1
  • Maximum: Up to 40 students
  • Length: One and a half hours

Online Request Form

Elementary and Middle School

Creative Spark

Creative Spark promotes creative and critical thinking through the issues addressed in art exhibitions. Using guided gallery activities, students will explore specific works of art to bolster understanding, communication and collaboration.

  • Recommended grades: 2 – 8
  • Maximum: 60 students
  • Length: One hour

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NEW: Creative Spark: Violins of Hope

Young@Art Gallery

Violins of Hope is an original, multi-sensory exhibition in which students explore a collection of restored instruments played by Jewish musicians during the Holocaust and learn the remarkable personal stories behind them. Israeli violinmaker Amnon Weinstein restored these violins over the past 20 years, and through his devotion, this exhibition pays tribute to those lost, teaches important messages from the Holocaust and illustrates the power of music and the strength of the human spirit.

  • Recommended grades: 5 – 8
  • Maximum: Up to 40 students
  • Length: One hour

Online Request Form

High School


Explore art in the galleries with docents who will add perspective led with cultural context, rich content about the artists and their methods and techniques, and intended meaning in their artwork. As students analyze the artworks, they learn to connect and respond to art.

  • Recommended grades: 9 – 12 and post-secondary
  • Maximum: Up to 80 students
  • Length: One hour (Optional additional 30 minutes for sketching in the galleries after tour)

Online Request Form