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.

Second Saturday Tour

Join us each month for a special tour of the Museum! Educator-led tours are open to all and will explore current exhibitions with in-depth discussion of selected artworks. On select Second Saturdays, family-friendly tours are lead with interpretation in American Sign Language provided by DeafLink. Three times this summer, we will also host special Story Time tours in the galleries! Enjoy a picture book paired with guided close looking at a related artwork or exhibition.

This program is free with museum admission and pre-registration. Second Saturday Family Tours are specifically for PreK-12 students and their adult companions and will be capped at 20 participants. Pre-registration is required. Tours begin at 10:30 in the FWMoA Atrium and last about an hour.

Teen Council

The FWMoA Teen Council is led by and for area youth, providing opportunities for leadership and learning through arts programming. As ambassadors of the Museum, council members work collaboratively with staff to develop creative, community-oriented projects and events. Applications open in the fall of each year.


Mission: The FWMoA Teen Council works to provide activities and opportunities for area youth to learn new skills and ideas by exploring their creative side, thus adding value to their life and work and attracting a more diverse audience to the museum.

We’re collecting feedback! Please complete the short survey here to help shape the future of teen programming at FWMoA.

Returning Teen Council Members
Ash Bushnell, Homestead High School, Grade 11
Myo Khawng, North Side High School, Grade 12
Jackeline Shackleford, North Side High School, Grade 11
Megan True, Canterbury School, Grade 12

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 2024 Scholastic Art & Writing Awards.

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