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Learning + Engagement Programs

Scroll through this page to find out more about all the programs the Learning + Engagement Department coordinates. For any questions, contact our Community Learning Coordinator, Karen Bowles, by email.

Every Tuesday at 10:30 a.m. in the Dee Dee and Jon R. Stuart Classroom, young artists are invited to experience art through books and related art projects for children ages 3 to 5, accompanied by an adult. This program is made possible by generous support from the Kimball Foundation. To find out when Art Adventures is meeting next and what book we'll be reading, click the button below! 

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The museum’s creative writing program brings selected sixth-grade students from Norman’s four middle schools to the University of Oklahoma campus for a one-day workshop with former Oklahoma State Poet Laureate and award-winning writer Nathan Brown. Students do creative journaling in response to original works of art in the museum’s permanent collection and special exhibitions. Each year, approximately 120 middle school students and their teachers benefit from this program, which is made possible through generous support from the Harris Foundation. Transportation is provided by Norman Public Schools.

The pARTner project is an award-winning*, collaborative art education program between the University of Oklahoma’s Fred Jones Jr. Museum of Art and Norman Public Schools. The program engages approximately 1,125 Norman Public School fourth grade students and their teachers in hands-on art experiences throughout the school year.

The Oklahoma Arts Council has provided funding for the pARTner project since its inception in 1991. Transportation is provided by the Norman Public Schools. 

*In 2005, the program was the recipient of the Outstanding Outreach or Education Program award by the Oklahoma Museums Association. For more information, visit the Oklahoma Arts Council's website.

ArtEDGE is a collaborative program between the museum and Bizzell Library’s Emerging Technology department. Beginning in 2016, the program invites fifty 7th and 8th grade students from Norman Public School to the OU campus to learn about innovation in art and technology through an interdisciplinary lens.

The pilot project, sponsored by the Museum Association, focused on ‘close looking,’ or observational skills, creative writing, and drawing exercises to interpret a work of art in the museum. The students transferred their museum-based experience to the library’s EDGE innovation space, where they engaged with emerging technologies centered around art. Working closely with the School of Visual Art, students concluded their day with hands-on team projects that were featured in the museum’s Learning + Engagement gallery.

In 2017, the museum and library teamed up with the College of Architecture to focus on the unique architecture of the museum’s Stuart and Lester wings. In the EDGE space, students learned about technological advances in the field, including 3D ‘printed’ building and virtual interior design. Using design thinking, students took inspiration from a sculpture at the museum to create collaborative architectural models.