Museum Programs

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

Early Childhood

Art Start Training Wheels

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

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Early Childhood

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.

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Art Start Outreach

Build your classroom’s community spirit through the arts. Choose up to three experiences, from interactive lessons to hands-on activities, to customize to your students’ needs. Each session is designed to build students’ visual literacy, gross and fine motor skills, and confidence while teaching them about community, collaboration and art. All three sessions include invitations for family and friends to participate in free community events that relate to what they learned.

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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.

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Contemporary Art Tours

Explore the exhibitions at SMoCA through these 45-minute tours. Specially trained docents will add perspective to what you see with rich content about the artists and their methods and techniques, cultural context and intended meaning in their artwork. Students are strongly encouraged to share their reactions and personal points of view during the tours. By analyzing the creativity, innovation and contemporary issues displayed, Contemporary Art Tours provide a platform for students to connect and respond to art.

Note: Tours and performances 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. Contact us and give at least three weeks’ notice.


Elementary and Middle School

new: Creative Spark: Violins of Hope

Tuesday, Feb. 26 – Mar. 22
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.

 


High School

Viewfinder

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.

 


High School

A Celebration of the Arts for Children with Disabilities

Tuesday, Nov. 6, 9:15 a.m. – noon
Scottsdale Civic Center Mall

This annual half-day field trip offers a safe, friendly environment for elementary school-aged children with disabilities to create art in a fun and festive outdoor setting.