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Learning + Engagement Programs

Click through the sections below to found out more about the programs the Learning + Engagement Department coordinates. For more information about additional programming, including outreach programs, contact Director of Learning + Engagement, Amanda Boehm-Garcia

Our weekly children’s story time is currently meeting online. Just like the in-person program, Art Adventures at Home includes a book and related art activity, but we’ll use materials you are likely to have on hand. Register for this virtual program at the link below or contact for more information. Recommended for ages 3-8, but kids of all ages are welcome. 

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The museum’s creative writing program offers selected sixth-grade students from Norman’s four middle schools the opportunity to participate in workshops with award-winning writer and former Oklahoma poet laureate Nathan Brown. Students write poetry and short fiction. in response to 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 has been made possible through generous support from the Harris Foundation since 2008.

The pARTner Project is a collaborative visual arts education program provided by the museum and Norman Public Schools. The program engages over 1,000 Norman Public School fourth grade students and their teachers in guided tours and hands-on art experiences at the museum throughout the school year. Since its inception in 1991, the program has been made possible through funding provided by the Oklahoma Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Oklahoma and the National Endowment for the Arts. 

Since 2016, ArtEDGE has allowed selected seventh and eighth grade Norman Public Schools students to learn about innovation in art and technology through an interdisciplinary lens. Collaborating with Bizzell Library's Emerging Technology department and other OU academic departments such as visual art, architecture, and archaeology, the program includes exercises in critical thinking, communication, and teamwork.

These family friendly events highlight our special exhibitions throughout the year and include hands-on art projects, self-guided tours, performances, and other activities for visitors of all ages. Check the calendar tab for upcoming events