K–12 and Tour Programs

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Plan a field trip

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.

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CoCre8

The CoCre8 project was launched in 2013 by the Smart in collaboration with the University of Chicago’s Arts + Public Life Initiative and Urban Gateways.

A community of learning

This experimental model of collaborative arts education brings together a cohort of high school students and educators, artists, and arts administrators to look at, talk about, and make art. Each participant is an equal stakeholder in the process, contributing their unique skills and perspectives to the work of dismantling traditional learning hierarchies and embracing multiple roles as learner, teacher, and maker. Collectively, participants explore the many ways in which art can help us think critically and creatively about our world.

The six-week sessions take place outside of school hours at the Smart Museum, the nearby Arts Incubator in Washington Park, and the Reva and David Logan Center for the Arts.

There is no set curriculum. Each cohort chooses the theme they want to investigate inspired by works at the Smart Museum and, ultimately, to connect with their own lives. Participants create a work of art together and present thee final projects to family, friends, colleagues, and school communities during an exhibition at the Arts Incubator in Washington Park.

To learn more, contact Michael Christiano, Director of Education and Interpretation, Smart Museum of Art.

Supporting teachers

Through professional development and other opportunities, the Smart Museum endeavors to equip teachers with the tools they need to make art central to learning.

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Medicine Buddha

Carved, Cast, Crumpled: Sculpture All Ways
September 27–December 21, 2014


This whole-museum exhibition investigates the essential qualities of three-dimensional art acress historical and cultural contexts.

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Smart in 1974

Smart Blog

To mark our 40th anniversary, we're rolling out a blog with stories from the Smart, past and present. 

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