UIMA School Programs

Throughout Iowa, the staff of the UIMA Education Department and Volunteer Docents lead interactive presentations of original works of art in K–12 classrooms. With funding from the UIMA Education Partners, the museum’s Education Department purchased artworks specifically for exemplary, object-based learning during art, social studies, and language arts classes. Students can examine closely—and even handle—many of the objects. Presentations usually last fifty minutes.

A true statewide collaboration, the UIMA School Program has consistent, dedicated audiences, not only in elementary and secondary classrooms, but in other venues. Developed specifically to integrate artworks into the core curriculum of Iowa’s K–12 students, the component presentations are in accord with the State of Iowa Curriculum Guidelines, as well as standards set by the National Art Education Association and the National Council for Social Studies. During the past seven academic years, the UIMA served 66,387 participants; geographically, the class visits included 148 locations in thirty-four Iowa communities in twenty counties.

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Generously sponsored by UIMA Education Partners, US Bank, Scheels, and a matching gift from an anonymous family foundation