The Cleveland Museum of Art’s Public and Academic Engagement team creates dynamic programming, thoughtful content, and meaningful collaborations that teach, inspire, and support visitors and the community, that help them engage with and feel a connection to the collection, and that, ultimately, enhance their lives through art.
Find out more about opportunities to learn and explore both at the museum and at home. We provide a number of ways to connect you with art and each other.
Kids and Families
- ArtLens Exhibition, ArtLens Studio, and ArtLens Wall offer innovative and immersive digital experiences for visitors to engage with the collection in new ways.
- ArtLens App allows independent exploration of artworks.
- Handle genuine works of art from the Education Art Collection in Art Carts and participate in art making at Open Studios for Families.
- Teaching artists conduct classes for people of all ages, from our youngest learners—beginning at 18 months—to children and adults.
- Download free materials created by our educators. We offer family guides and art projects for home or school use, interpretative resources that add perspective to objects in the museum’s collection.
- Trained docents give free tours daily.
- Learn about the museum’s collection and special exhibitions through a variety of programs and lectures.
- Take part in preparing for Community Arts events, such as Parade the Circle and the Chalk Festival.
- Throughout the year, the Connie Towson Ford Teaching Innovation Lab offers a variety of workshops with standards-based content as well as studio classes.
- Art to Go brings artworks directly to students for lively hands-on presentations.
- Distance Learning provides interactive videoconferences and webinars with more than 50 available topics, including sessions in French, Spanish, German, and Italian.
- Explore programs at locations around northeast Ohio through Studio Go and onsite at the museum.
- Community Arts events such as Parade the Circle welcome the participation of individuals, educators, and school groups.
The Cleveland Museum of Art is a laboratory for learning through its engagement with the academic community. Area institutions such as Case Western Reserve University, Cleveland State University, and Cuyahoga Community College have partnered with the museum to enhance curriculum in fields including art history and museum studies. Through collaborative programming, as with the Baker-Nord Center for the Humanities at Case Western Reserve University, the museum aims to enrich educational experiences while building closer connections with area colleges and universities. Students also gain valuable experience outside the classroom through museum internships and fellowships.
The museum’s Academic Engagement staff also work with Cleveland’s renowned medical education community, including University Hospitals Case Medical Center, Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine, and the VA Center of Excellence in Primary Care Education at the Louis Stokes Cleveland VA Medical Center. The museum employs the visual arts to encourage medical students, medical residents, and nurse practitioner residents to hone their skills in observation, critical thinking, cultural awareness, communication, and empathy. These programs involve close analysis of artwork in the galleries, a drawing exercise that encourages careful observation, and practice with diagnostic techniques using the museum’s Art to Go collection.
Education Art Collection
The Education Art Collection provides artworks for Art to Go and Art Cart. Set aside since the museum’s first acquisitions in 1914, the objects in the Education Art Collection are used for engaging, hands-on experiences for participants of all ages. The collection, formerly called Extensions, is today used for active learning.
The Cleveland Museum of Art partners with other institutions to offer private staff-led tours in special exhibitions and the permanent collection galleries. These noncredit, lifelong learning experiences are open to groups and are offered several times a year.