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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.



Fall 2021 Educator Programs

Educator Tour: 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone”
November 18, 4:30-6:00 PM

Educator Tour: 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone”
November 19, 4:30-6:00 PM

Educator Workshop with Artist Erin Jane Nelson
December 9, 4:30-6:00 PM


Professional Development Programs for Educators

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 and to be added to our email list, please contact educatorprograms@newmuseum.org 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 membership@newmuseum.org


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 educatorprograms@newmuseum.org.

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.

Download or print Educator Guides with resources and lesson plans for New Museum exhibitions:
Educator Guide: 2021 Triennial, “Soft Water Hard Stone”
Educator Guide: “Jordan Casteel: Within Reach”


School Partnerships

Onsite visits are on hold due to COVID-19. To discuss virtual partnership opportunities, contact educatorprograms@newmuseum.org.

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.


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 2022/23 Teacher Advisory Council will be available in the spring.


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.

Convening Resources
2020 Resource List

Toward Healing Justice in Education: A Workshop for Teachers with Adaku Utah, August 29, 2020

Signs and Symbols for Healing: A Workshop for Teachers with Maia Ruth Lee October 21, 2020

Youth, Arts, and Healing: A Dialogue with Aimee Meredith Cox and Noor Jones-Bey, December 4, 2020

Workshop for Teachers: Art Making as Radical Self-Care and Community Care in Youth Education, December 11, 2020

2019 Resource List

2018 Resource List

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