From the Field

Next Practices

April 28, 2014

Next Practices in Art Museum Education is a compilation of information on AAMD member museums’ innovative approaches to engaging the public with the arts through diverse learning opportunities. Next Practices incorporates 100 case studies of the recent and ongoing educational programming that its member museums have designed and implemented. The resource underscores the many forms art museum education can take, and provides practical and inspiring ideas for future programming at institutions worldwide.  Download Next Practices in Art Museum Education here!


Mini Masters Pre-K program at the New Orleans Museum of Art. Courtesy of the New Orleans Museum of Art.


Case studies range from:

  • All Audiences: Oakland Museum of California's Visitor Centered Touring, in which museum visitors participate in creating their own tour experience
  • Early Childhood: The New Orleans Museum of Art's Mini Masters program, which engages Pre-K children through diverse arts-integrated lessons
  • K-12: Nasher Museum of Art at Duke University's Words and Pictures, a collaboration between an art museum and elementary school teachers to develop a website to bring more art into the classroom 
  • Teen: Smart Museum of Art at the University of Chicago's CoCre8, which brings together a cohort of artists, high school students, educators, and arts administrators to explore new models for collaborative arts education
  • Justice System: Timken Museum of Art in Juvenile Hall Outreach Program, which provides art classes to at-risk youth in the Girl’s Rehabilitation Facility of San Diego’s Kearny Mesa Juvenile Hall
  • Veterans: Museum of Glass' Hot Shop Heroes: Healing with Fire, an after-hours program for wounded warriors in the museum’s Hot Shop
  • Bilingual: Dallas Museum of Art's Translating Culture: Community Voices, a Spanish guide for visitors comprising a museum’s local Latino community’s personal interpretations of artworks in its collection



Top image: CoCre8 at the Smart Museum of Art. Courtesy of Smart Museum of Art, The University of Chicago.