Educator programs connect learners and teachers with contemporary art to nurture growth—aesthetic, emotional, intellectual, social, spiritual—for all. Cultivate your practice as an educator through programs that include pedagogical experiments, skill-sharing, art, and more.

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Teacher Advisory Council

The Teacher Advisory Council advises and supports the New Museum’s Department of Education and Public Engagement. The Council collaborates with staff to develop and promote resources and programs for school groups, youth, and teachers, ensuring meaningful, high-quality connections and resources for educators and their students. Applications for the 2020/21 Teacher Advisory Council are now closed.

Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice

Our annual Convening brings together activists, artists, and educators to exchange knowledge and methods for generating critical discussion and structural change while promoting safer and braver spaces. Over the last decade, the Museum has developed content, tools, and methods for employing contemporary art as a resource for engaging youth and communities in questions and ideas that matter to them. The multi-day Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice invites participants to share best practices and grow together.

The third Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice is restructured in response to the pandemic as a series of free online programs for educators that will be available during the 2020/21 school year on topics of “Art and Healing.” The workshops and discussions are designed to consider how teachers, entering a conversation with diverse knowledge and a sense of urgency for supporting each other and their students, may gain inspiration and resources that nurture creativity, socioemotional learning, and justice in education.

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August 29: Toward Healing Justice in Education: A Workshop for Teachers with Adaku Utah
October 21: Signs and Symbols for Healing: A Workshop for Teachers with Maia Ruth Lee
December 4: Youth, Arts, and Healing: A Dialogue with Aimee Meredith Cox and Noor Jones-Bey
December 11: Workshop for Teachers: Art Making as Radical Self-Care and Community Care in Youth Education

Learn more about previous annual educator Convenings:
2019: Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice
2018: Convening for Contemporary Art, Education, and Social Justice

Professional Development Programs for Educators

The next professional development program, Workshop for Educators: Grief and Grievance: Art and Mourning in America, will be hosted on Wednesday, February 24. Please visit the event page for details and to register.

Artists, educators, and curators lead professional development days that are designed to guide educators through methods that bring contemporary art into the classroom. The multifaceted programs expose educators to contemporary art history and offer tools to inspire critical thinking, focusing on the integration of art and ideas in New Museum exhibitions with school curricula. The New Museum encourages educators of all disciplines to participate. For more information on upcoming workshops contact to be added to our email list.

Teacher Membership
The New Museum offers discounted annual memberships for teachers. For more information, please contact 212.219.1222 ×234 or

Lesson Plans
Our free lesson plans are designed to incorporate contemporary art into the classroom. New Museum educators develop each plan to promote learning through inquiry, experiential activities, and rigorous peer discussions. Lessons foster informed, critical understandings of art, culture, and current events. For lesson plans and resources on past New Museum exhibitions, contact

Download or print the full Educator Guide with resources and lesson plans on our current exhibition “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach,” here.

Lessons plans in the Educator Guide are created with 6-12th grade students in the United States in mind, but may be adapted across age, grade, geography, and developmental readiness with shifts in vocabularies, art-making mediums, and emphasis educators employ. For similar activities designed for young children working with teachers or caregivers, see the New Museum Kids Menu.

School Partnerships

Onsite visits are on hold due to Covid-19. To discuss virtual partnership opportunities, contact

The New Museum currently partners with Gramercy Arts High School, Lower Manhattan Arts Academy, City-As-School, Hetrick-Martin Institute, and Pathways to Graduation. Through a multi-visit program, teachers and New Museum educators collaborate to use the Museum’s resources to enhance learning and teaching in the classroom and beyond. Activities cultivate students’ self-expression, critical thinking, and visual literacy skills through an innovative curriculum.

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