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Youth & School Groups

Inquiry-led tours and hands-on workshops for K–12 groups

The Museum of Arts and Design offers inquiry- and thematically-based tours for K–12 school groups, summer camps, and youth organizations.

All of MAD's custom designed tours align with city, state, and national learning standards, and are taught by our artist educators.

Students will:

  • Experiment with craft, art, and design processes to consider how objects are made.
  • Learn about careers in craft, art, and design.
  • Experience an orientation to museums and art spaces.
  • Make connections to classroom curricula and current events.
  • Visit MAD’s Artist Studios, where students meet a practicing artist-in-residence.

Availability

Monday through Friday
10:30 am, 1 pm, or 3:30 pm

Group size and chaperones

30 students maximum per tour, with up to two tours running concurrently (60 students total). One chaperone is required per ten students.

Costs

(flat fee per 30 students and five chaperones)
NYC Title I schools: Free
NYC public schools: $125
All other schools, community organizations, and camps: $200
Multi-visit sessions: please inquire
Fees include Museum admission and all materials for each of the tour options above.

Tour Options

MADlab tour and art-making workshop: 90 minutes
Begin with an inquiry-based tour in the galleries. Visit the MADlab Studio and learn about contemporary craft, art, and design through hands-on art-making. Meet our artists-in-residence.

MADlab tour only: 60 minutes
Spend time in the galleries investigating exhibition themes, curatorial decisions, art concepts, and current events through observation and discussion, sketching, and other customized engagement activities.

Non-guided visit (high school only)
Explore the galleries in groups during one of these pre-arranged visits. Please note this program is only for high school students. Only MAD staff are permitted to lecture in the galleries.

Multi-visit sessions
MAD also offers pre- and post-tour in-school visits with a MAD teaching artist. For more information, contact education@madmuseum.org.

Cancellation Policy

Requests must be made in writing no fewer than three weeks in advance of your scheduled visit. Requests made with less than three weeks’ notice will incur a processing fee of $125.

Artsreach

MAD’s ArtsReach program partners with the New York City Department of Education’s Alternate Learning Centers (ALC) in Manhattan and the Bronx. ALC teachers and MAD artist educators collaborate to create opportunities for middle- and high school-ALC students to learn about art, craft, and design in connection with other subject areas through discussions and hands-on art-making. Classes are held at ALCs and at the Museum. The Arts Reach partnership empowers and nurtures students in a positive environment that fosters self-expression, exploration, and new ways of thinking.  

School groups and summer camps are supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

MadLab is supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the Keith Haring Foundation.

Arts Reach is supported by the William Randolph Hearst Endowment Fund for Education and Outreach Programs, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

 

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