Curating Meaningful Experiences
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.
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 three 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.
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.
Please schedule a tour at least 2-3 weeks in advance.
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.
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
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.
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
Self-Guided Virtual Tours
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 for the 2023 Awards will open on September 1st at this website.
Contact Alyssa Dumire at firstname.lastname@example.org to learn more.
Important Dates for Scholastic 2023
- September 1, 2023: Registration Opens at artandwriting.org
- December 20, 11:59 pm: Deadline to enter art and writing online
- December 22: All forms and fees must be received
- January 6: Judging begins
- January 10: Regional Art Awards Announced
- January 17: Regional Writing Awards Announced
- January 19: All artwork received by FWMoA by 6 pm (Museum is closed Jan. 17)
- February 11: Exhibition opens at FWMoA
- February 19: Open House Awards Celebration at FWMoA
Virtual Awards Ceremony premiere
- February 28 – March 5: Exhibit closed due to Gala Fundraiser
- March 22: National Awards Announced
- April 8: Final day to visit the exhibition at FWMoA
- April 9: Exhibition tear-down day, exhibit closed to the public
- April 10-17: Artwork pickup at FWMoA