Opportunities & Resources

Our Values

The School and Educator Programs department facilitates learning experiences inspired by art objects. We work with students and educators to build a culture of curiosity through observations, critical thinking, empathy, creativity, and collaboration.

  • Collaboration. Co-creating programs with educators, students, and other community stakeholders.
  • Creativity. Igniting curiosity, wonder, and an appreciation of art.
  • Equity. Ensuring all learners and educators feel safe, heard, and valued at the museum.
  • Inclusion and Accessibility. Meeting all students where they are and removing barriers for engagement.
  • Empathy. Providing a space for students to discover and share multiple perspectives.

Our Approach

  • Engaging students of all ages in open-ended conversations and art-making activities that encourage creativity, promote visual literacy, and develop critical-thinking skills.
  • Using art to explore contemporary and historical social issues.
  • Responding to student interest and encouraging personal connections to create a more meaningful experience.
  • Employing a variety of teaching strategies including close looking and discussion, drawing and writing activities, and other hands-on approaches that engage different learning styles.
  • Supporting classroom learning by incorporating state and national learning standards in all our programming.

School Tours & Workshops

Browse a variety of programs for school-aged children including:

• Gallery tours and interactive experiences (Grades K-12)
• School art studio workshops (Grades Pre-K-12)
• Virtual tours and workshops for students & youth groups


Student & Youth Opportunities

The Nelson-Atkins Museum’s School and Educator Programs reach thousands of students each year across Missouri, Kansas and beyond. How can we support the learners in your life?


Educator Programs & Resources

Educator Programs
We support educators’ professional learning through workshops and collaborative experiences. 

Educator Resources
Discover teaching tools available online or in the Educator Resource Center.