Adult Programs


Find new ways to enjoy and learn about the museum’s collection beyond simply looking at art on your own! Discover how art relates to your everyday life with programs that inspire you to participate, share ideas and discuss with others. From studio classes to special presentations by international scholars, from in-gallery talks to musical performances, the Nelson-Atkins presents an ever-changing selection of innovative programs for the lifelong learner.

Talks & Events
Open your mind to the diverse history and concepts of art with talks and presentations relating to the museum’s collections and exhibitions. Ranging from in-gallery talks with curators and visiting artists to special presentations by distinguished scholars, design professionals, filmmakers, and more, you will discover new ways to engage with the museum, share ideas with others and spark your creativity. Ongoing programs include the Mary Atkins Series, the annual Atha Lecture, The Curator is IN! and Behind the Seen. For a full listing of upcoming talks and events, visit the calendar.

Films & Performances
Enjoy a variety of programs including the popular Electromediascope series of independent film, video and new media; the Conservatory Connections series of music performances; concerts and special cultural performances. For a full listing of upcoming films and performances, visit the calendar.

Gather with friends for an art excursion! Groups of 6 or more may schedule a free docent-led tour of the museum’s collections. Tours are one hour and 15 minutes and are free. To view and schedule tours, click here.

Art Classes
Explore art processes and build skills in creative problem solving by attending a wide array of studio courses and one-time workshops.  Discover more about favorite artists and build awareness, appreciation and a handy art vocabulary during our “Here’s Looking at Art” courses.  No need to worry; in these spaces, “mistakes” are really just direction changes and new approaches—so try a class and have fun.  For a full list of offerings, visit the calendar.

Adult Scholarships

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