Tours of the Smart Museum are available to all schools. Our staff works in close consultation with teachers to plan these docent-led or self-guided tours, tailoring each visit to ensure that they complement broader classroom lessons.
Learn more about our thematic tours below.
Through professional development opportunities, teacher resources, and exhibition guides, the Smart Museum endeavors to equip teachers with the tools they need to make art central to learning.
The Smart offers free professional development workshops to Chicago area schools interested in integrating aspects of the Museum into their curriculum during the school year. These workshops are for teachers of all disciplines and grade levels and can be scheduled to coordinate with an in-service day either in your school or at the Smart Museum. The content and length of the workshop can be tailored to your school’s needs. Topics generally addressed may include teaching with objects, special exhibition themes, the Smart Museum permanent collection, arts integration, and the smARTkids website.
The Smart teams up with K–12 teachers from all disciplines as well as students in the University of Chicago's Urban Teacher Education Program to create lesson plans and thematic tours based off of our collection and exhibitions. Contact Lisa Davis to discuss how to fit a themed tour in to your classroom plans, or to develop a new, customized program for your class.
Have an idea for a cross-disciplinary, arts-integrated lesson plan? Share your plan with us.
Offered to public elementary schools on the South Side of Chicago, these programs are designed to integrate visual art into the classroom and enhance student literacy, critical thinking, observation, and communication skills through museum visits, classroom discussions, online activities, and art making.
State of Mind
October 3, 2013—January 12, 2014
"A tonic of gawky rawness and moral purpose" —New York Times
Exhibition examines the origins of conceptual art in California.
Last chance to see City Unclaimed
Closes December 8
Gigi Scaria’s site-specific installation in the Smart's lobby combines a large photo-based mural of an imaginary Delhi cityscape with a working fountain.