School Resources

Tools to integrate visual arts into classrooms

Title 1 Resources Assistance for schools

The Incentive Grant Program provides assistance to school-wide, Title I schools for pre-K through 12th grade visits to the Nelson-Atkins.

If your school has been classified as a school-wide Title I school in the Kansas City metropolitan area, your school may be eligible to receive underwritten workshop fees and a $200 stipend to offset trip expenses. School tours are always free at the museum.

A minimum of 25 students is necessary to receive funding. Incentive Grant funded workshops and tours are scheduled September through May and must be scheduled 3 weeks in advance.

For a complete list of requirements, please refer to the Incentive Grant Guidelines (PDF)

Funding for the Incentive Grant Program is provided by the Louetta M. Cowden Foundation, Bank of America, trustee; the Breidenthall-Snyder Foundation; the Frank and Margaret McGee Fund, Commerce Bank, Greater Kansas City Community Foundation; and the Oppenstein Brothers Foundation.

Events Programs for educators and students

KC Metro Arts Integration Symposium | July 24-26

This three-day symposium will give educators practical skills for increasing student learning and engagement through arts integration.

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Thinking Through Art Connect art and critical thinking in the classroom

The museum partners with Title I elementary and secondary schools in the Kansas City area to provide year-long, classroom-based lessons. 

Museum staff and volunteers utilize Visual Thinking Strategies, a research-based method for facilitating conversations about works of art. In discussions and writing activities, students develop visual literacy, and practice critical thinking skills. VTS supports language acquisition for all students, and teaches the tenets of respectful conversation. Partnering classroom teachers also receive training and continual coaching in the VTS method. Students take two class trips to the museum during the school year.

Interested in bringing Thinking Through Art to your classroom or school? Contact Louise Hartigan, lhartigan@nelson-atkins.org .

Homeschool Groups Activities for home school families

A variety of opportunities for homeschool groups are provided to explore and integrate the rich resources available at the museum into the curriculum.

Homeschool Days
Visit the museum on designated dates to enjoy interactive gallery experiences and have fun participating in an art process. Free but registration is required.

Check back in the fall for more Homeschool Days!

School Tours & Workshops
All our K-12 tours and workshops are open to homeschoolers.

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