School Programs

Curating Meaningful Experiences

Kids looking at a painting

Our school programs reach students from pre-k all the way through 12th grade, with developmentally curated experiences. We invite students to come to the art, but we also take art out to the students!

For the 2022-2023 school year we are offering all our tours in-person and virtually.

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.

Pre-K Programs

FWMoA’s Pre-K Program offers early learners an introduction to the museum and visual literacy through the connection between art and storytelling. Teachers can select between four different classroom lessons that pair an artwork from the collection with a picture book and artmaking activity. Then, visit the museum for a tour and time in our recently redesigned Learning Center.

Thanks to generous support from donors and private foundations, FWMoA’s Pre-K Programs are a free resource for schools, teachers, and students in Northeast Indiana.

Please schedule a tour at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

PreK Programs

School Tours

Our School Tour program welcomes students of all grade levels to experience our galleries. Student groups and their teachers are guided through the galleries on customized tours developed by our education team that relate to Indiana curricular standards. Each tour features an orientation, which teaches the vocabulary and concepts, and a guided, interactive tour with an experienced and enthusiastic docent. All tours are structured to ensure they meet these standards and use cross-curricular teaching methods. Homeschool groups are welcome.

This program is available for free to the public and private schools in the following counties thanks to the generosity of the Lincoln Financial Foundation: Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, Kosciusko, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells, and Whitley.
FWMoA is pleased to offer financial assistance for bus transportation to and from the museum. Please let us know when scheduling if you would like to request transportation funding. Funds are limited and available first-come, first-serve.

Please schedule a tour at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

2forU: FWMoA partners with local organizations (see logo with participating venues) to make it easy to combine two field trips on one day! To schedule, click here!

Have questions? Fill out the tour form and we’ll get back to you!

Interested in becoming a docent? Visit our Careers and Internships page.

Gallery on Wheels

This unique outreach program brings a selection of carefully curated original and reproduced art into Northeast Indiana classrooms. They’re designed to foster cross-curricular discussions and hands-on activities, with connections made to art, social studies and science, and are presented by our Art Education team. Through this program, students often have their first experience of original art and learn about the makers of the art and their search for creative solutions to the challenges they experienced. This experience augments teachers’ ongoing efforts to provide students with a holistic education.

Thanks to generous support from donors and private foundations, Gallery on Wheels is a free resource for schools, teachers, and students in Northeast Indiana.

Please schedule at least 2-3 weeks in advance.

Gallery on Wheels Collections

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.

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.

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 to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers website throughout the year to sharpen your skills and stay in the know on exciting opportunities to stay involved. Registration opens September 1 each year at

Contact Alyssa Dumire at to learn more.

Important Dates for Scholastic 2024

  • September 1, 2023: Registration Opens at
  • December 19, 11:59 pm: Deadline to enter art and writing online
  • December 21: All submission fees must be received
  • January 5, 2023: Judging begins
  • January 9: Regional Art Awards Announced
  • January 15: Regional Writing Awards Announced
  • January 17: All artwork received by FWMoA by 6 pm (Museum is closed Jan. 15)
  • February 10: Exhibition opens at FWMoA
  • February 18: Open House Awards Celebration at FWMoA
  • February 26 – March 4: Exhibit closed due to Gala Fundraiser
  • April 7: Final day to visit the exhibition at FWMoA
  • April : Exhibition tear-down day, exhibit closed to the public
  • April 8-15: Artwork pickup at FWMoA
  • June 12: National Awards Announced