Museum Programs

Museum Programs

All programs take place at Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art

Art Start

Introduce your early learners to the art museum. Choose up to three museum visits that will ignite their curiosity through inquiry, discovery and storytelling, while building their skills in visual literacy, self-expression and critical thinking. Afterwards, they’ll channel their creativity through a hands-on project that
encourages play, experimentation and fine motor skills to reinforce ideas learned. Depending on the exhibitions at the time, the theme will either be Our Community, Colors and Shapes, Full STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art and Mathematics) Ahead or Art and Storytelling.


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.


Creative Spark

Engage with contemporary art through creative and critical thinking. This interactive program will spark students’ emphatic wonder through guided, gallery activities that use SMoCA’s rotating exhibitions as a springboard. The gallery activities, which change with every exhibition and per grade-level standards, enable students to respond and connect to art, as well as bolster creativity, critical thinking, communication and collaboration. Students at all levels of art appreciation will enjoy this student-centered, gallery learning experience.


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.