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School Programs

TAM school programs are designed for students in PreK-12th grade, and are aligned to state and national standards.

Our Philosophy

  • We believe all students are artists, with the power to make meaning by viewing and creating works of art.
  • Artists express the realities and possibilities of communities, society, and the world.
  • We foster students’ empathy and inspire them to envision a more equitable world.

How We Teach

Field trip programs typically last two hours: one hour of discussion and activities in the galleries and one hour of hands-on art-making.

  • Trained Museum Educators facilitate field trip programs.
  • Discussions and activities with original works of art are adapted from Harvard’s Project Zero and are designed to build critical thinking skills and cultivate visual literacy.
  • Art-making is driven by the Studio Thinking framework, which emphasizes student voice and agency during the creative process, and the cultivation of Studio Habits of Mind.

School Tour Costs

  • $7 per student, Scholarship rate of $5 per student for eligible schools.
  • Transportation reimbursement is available on a first-come, first-served basis.
  • Free lunch space is available.

Self-Guided Experiences

Self-guided experiences are recommended for middle and high school groups who have specific learning goals separate from our field trip programs.

Cost: Free for students 18 and under.

Please schedule your self-guided tours with our tour manager so we may provide the best experience for all our visitors.

More Information

Request a School Program Online

Questions? Please email us at  Tours@TacomaArtMuseum.org  or call 253-272-4258 x3060.