Educator Programs

For education professionals and students


Family Field Trip Night
Exploring World Cultures at the Museum
Thursday, April 5 | 5 -8 pm | Free

Join us at the Nelson-Atkins to discover art from many cultures. Additional food available for purchase. Garage parking: $10 or free street parking is available.

  • Look, talk, and learn together in our galleries.
  • See masks from around the world and create your own project to take home.
  • Explore the museum and do a passport activity. Your completed passport makes you eligible to win a prize!
  • Enjoy a complimentary cookie.

ERC Open Houses
Mix and mingle with fellow educators as you get to know the materials and services offered in our Educator Resource Center.
5-8 pm | Free

  • Jan 18, 2018
  • Feb 15, 2018
  • Apr. 19, 2018


Professional Development

The Nelson-Atkins offers sessions and workshops that introduce teachers to museum resources, familiarize them with object-based learning, and inspire them to bring the exploration of works of art back to their classrooms.

Sessions are available Wed-Fri for groups of up to 40 educators. Off-site sessions available by request.

Linking Language and Art (K-5)
Art, Literacy, and Critical Thinking (2-12)
Visual Art Through a Social Studies Lens (6-12)

Please contact the ERC for more information.

Student Programs

Thinking Through Art
The museum partners with Title I elementary and secondary schools in the Kansas City area to provide year-long, classroom-based lessons.

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Homeschool Groups
A variety of opportunities for homeschool groups are provided to explore and integrate the rich resources available at the museum into the curriculum.

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Design Challenge
Design Challenge is an opportunity for high school students to design a product for use within the museum.

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Teacher Programs


The fee for each workshop is $5, which includes parking.

Through the Eyes of Picasso
Nov. 2 | 5-7 pm | $5
Grades 6-12

American Art, American Stories
Dec. 14 | 5-7 pm | $5
Grades 4-8

Treasures of Asia
Feb. 8 | 5-7 pm | $5
Grades 5-12