Schools and Teachers

More than ever, students need to be able to think critically, creatively, and empathetically. Through programming for learners and teachers from Pre-K through university, the Columbus Museum of Art provides experiences that nurture essential skills for today and for the future, including imagination, curiosity, depth and complexity, communicating, and collaboration.
In addition to tours and studio workshops CMA offers the following resources and experiences to make imagination, curiosity, complexity, empathy, interconnectedness, and wonder into the daily lives of learners of all ages.

Educator Professional Development

The research-based Teaching for Creativity series supports teachers to develop their own creative and reflective practices, and to nurture deep, purposeful learning in any classroom.
Offerings in this series include:

  • The What If-stitute: Teaching for Civic Creativity experimental institute for creative and civic agency, in collaboration with CMA’s Center for Art and Social Engagement. The What If-stitute will take place on June 8-11, 10AM-1PM. For more information, check out the flyer and apply by May 18.
  • Teaching for Creativity Summer Institute, an intensive, one-week workshop with follow-up sessions over the school year. The TfC Summer Institute will return summer of 2022.
  • Teaching for Creativity with Young Children, trainings for pre-school educators, available for Ohio Approved credit. For information contact

Cultivating Creative & Civic Capacities (C4) is a partnership with Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, the Martha Holden Jennings Foundation, and Battelle. Working with central Ohio teachers across disciplines, C4 is developing a set of ideas and practices to use imagination and critical thinking to shape a more just and sustainable world.
For more information about participating in CMA teacher professional development, please contact Jennifer Lehe at
To browse CMA resources that support Teaching for Creativity, visit the Making Creativity Visible site.

Professional Groups and University Audiences

CMA offers a variety of experiences to foster mindfulness, creativity, critical thinking, and team bonding. To start a conversation about a custom experience for your group, email your group size, age group, budget, desired timetable, and the kind of thinking you want to spark (creativity and innovation, listening and mindfulness, general team bonding) to

Early Childhood Learning

Visiting CMA with young ones? Check out CMA’s Family Guide for helpful tips and games, developed by parents, for parents, to support museum learning.
While in-person programming is on hiatus, you can find great tips and ideas in our Young Child Studio at Home resource series. Young Child Studio at Home presents free activities to support creative learning for children 18 months to five years and their grown-ups. YCS@Home is available in English, Spanish, Arabic, and Somali.
Made possible with support from PNC Foundation.

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