Families and Teens

Engaging Teens and Families

Family in art gallery

Keep your teens and families engaged year-round through the Fort Wayne Museum of Art! During crucial developmental stages of your family’s life, art plays a significant role in their social, emotional and mental development. We offer several programs for family members of all ages.

John S. and James L. Knight Learning Center

In the earliest stages of life, visual literacy directly relates to a child’s need for self-expression. As kids learn to talk, they’re also developing the impulse to express themselves and relate to the world around them. The Knight Learning Center was developed to meet these needs in a fun, interactive and hands-on environment. The Center includes artwork from the FWMoA collection curated especially for families, art-making activities, and hands-on engagement stations that teach the elements of art. The Center functions as a classroom for school groups and can be combined with a tour of the museum galleries.

Teen Council

The FWMoA Teen Council is led by and for area youth, providing opportunities for leadership and learning through arts programming. As an ambassador of the Museum, you’ll collaborate with your fellow council members to develop creative, community-oriented projects and events. You’ll also meet with staff and artists to learn more about careers in the arts and museums.

Council size will be capped at 15 members, ages 13-18. If selected, you’ll be required to:

  • Serve through the 2021-2022 school year.
  • Attend monthly meetings on Thursday evenings (possibly more often leading up to events).
  • Attend occasional weekend and evening events (planned in advance).

Please complete the application here to be considered for a Teen Council position.


Scholastic Art & Writing Awards

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art is an Affiliate Partner of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, a national program sponsored by the Alliance for Young Artists & Writers, which celebrates the art and writing talents of students in grades 7-12. The Scholastic Awards highlight the exemplary originality, technical skill and emergence of personal voice and vision of Northeast Indiana teens.

Our program is one of only 26 in the country to offer the full art and writing program. Our regional participation has grown to include 52 counties in Indiana and Ohio, with many students continuing on to win national awards.

How to Participate

Stay tuned for more information about the 2021 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

2021 Scholastic Awards in Art by Student
2021 Scholastic Awards in Writing by Student

Digital Gallery of Artwork and Writing

Educator Resources

The documents available for download here are designed to help educators and their students make the most of their Fort Wayne Museum of Art experience. These resources are designed to be flexible—use them to extend learning before or after a visit to the museum, or to experience the artwork in your classroom if you’re unable to bring a field trip. The scripts are expanded versions of what our docents use to guide learning at the Museum and may be used for self-guided tours.

If you’re bringing your class for a field trip, please contact us to schedule it, even if you don’t want a docent-led tour.

Pre-Visit Resources

Know-Before-You-Go Pre-Visit Presentation
Tour FAQ
Principal Letter
Virtual Tour Resource

Winslow Homer: from Poetry to Fiction – The Engraved Works

46th International Glass Invitational Award Winners

Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the GUITAR

American Quilts from the Collection

Day of the Dead

Reclamation: The Art of Lucien Shapiro, Ben Venom, and Ravi Zupa

Full Spectrum: Paintings, Drawings and Prints of Julian Stanczak; Wood and Stone Sculptures of Barbara Stanczak
Lesson Plan

At-Home Learning

Sometimes, art education needs to come to your home. We’re proud to offer resources to make your at-home arts curriculum more robust and fun for your family!

Downloadable Resources

Sometimes, art education needs to come to your home. We’re proud to offer resources to make your at-home arts curriculum more robust and fun for your family!
Download the Chihuly Coloring Book
Download the Hanna Family Coloring Book
Download the Helmholtz Coloring Book
Download Directions to Make-A-Quake

Self-Guided Virtual Tours

A Century of Making Meaning (Coming Soon!)

American Impressionism

A Year of Making Meaning

Bold Assemblage (Coming Soon!)

By Women

Day of the Dead