School & Teacher Programs
At WAM, students and teachers are very important. We want every student to have an enriching and exciting museum visit. We want teachers to see the museum as an extended classroom to help meet state standards as well as build critical thinking and visual literacy.
Thursday, October 3, 2019
5 to 7 pm
Wichita Art Museum, 1400 W. Museum Blvd.
An exclusive night for area educators!
Get after-hours access to the exhibition Light & Shadow: Alyson Shotz and Kumi Yamashita. Explore the galleries and enjoy live music and a cash bar during this night of networking and art. Learn about field trip opportunities and ways to inspire learning connections to art. Free admission to all teachers with ID. Educators are welcome to bring one guest at no charge.
RSVP by Monday, September 30, to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Questions? Call Courtney Spousta, curator of education, at 316-268-4907.
School Tours are free!
WAM is currently working on expanding school and teacher resources. The museum will be the place for excellent, exciting, and creative learning opportunities for K-12 students. Watch WAM grow. If you are a parent or teacher, we invite you to explore the museum's tour opportunities and schedule a tour.
Open the minds of our young learners with a visit to Wichita Art Museum. Bring your class for a museum tour to expand students' critical thinking and observation skills. Student tours are FREE!
Ready to schedule a tour? Use the Tour Reqeust Form below.
2019-2020 School Field Trip Guide
Educators: Discover what the Wichita Art Museum can offer your students! Schedule your free, guided museum tour today. All class levels/disciplines are welcome, plus WAM offers 100% bus reimbursement.
100% Bus Reimbursement
Is the cost of the bus for the school field trip a problem? No longer! WAM provides 100% bus reimbursement to all schools in reasonable driving distance to the museum.
The 100% bus reimbursement is a project sponsored by WAM Contemporaries and their program Destination: WAM. Funding from the Contemporaries sponsors bus reimbursement to make school field trips free and provide transportation to WAM for area school children.
Teachers are always encouraged to lead their students on their own specialized tour of the museum, However, we are happy to work with teachers to help prepare worksheets or lesson plans for their students' visit. Leaders of self-guided tours still need to schedule their group at least one week ahead so that we can accommodate their needs and those of others who might be visiting.
NEW: Teacher Advisory Committee
WAM is launching a new Teacher Advisory Committee to help better align the museum with Wichita-area schools, teachers and students.
WAM is an educational institution where students and teachers are very important. We want every student to have an enriching, dynamic museum visit. We want teachers to see the museum as an extended and beneficial classroom to help meet learning goals as well as build critical thinking skills and visual literacy.
Art is a powerful way to spark critical thinking and enhance curriculum content at every grade level and across subject matters.
Research shows that early and positive experiences of museums can create a lifelong interest in attending museums and other cultural activities. Working with schools and teachers to enrich student experiences is a way to open up the art museum for youth and families.
This committee will provide feedback and work in collaboration with museum staff in the development and promotion of programs offered to school groups and teachers. Committee members will also serve as museum advocates for Wichita Art Museum programming and resources within their school communities.