Teacher workshops

Supporting teachers

The Smart hosts a free quarterly forum for educators called Arts, Agency, and Creativity in the Classroom.

These workshops provide an opportunity for the South Side education community to engage in dialogue with Smart staff, and collectively explore how arts-based practices can best support learning in, and out, of the classroom.

Summer Teacher Institute

In the summer, the Jane Addams Hull-House Museum, National Museum of Mexican Art, DuSable Museum of African American History, and Smart Museum of Art present a teacher institute on American art. Over the course of five days, teachers participate in professional development training in the pedagogy of American art with sections led by museum professionals, scholars, and their own peers.

Lesson plans and tours

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 inspired by our collection and exhibitions. Contact us to discuss how to fit a themed tour in to your classroom plans, or to develop a new, customized program for your class.


Above: Educators discuss Louise Nevelson’s Sky Sentinels (1976) in the Vera and A. D. Elden Sculpture Garden