Crystal Bridges is committed to helping teachers learn about American art and art history so they will feel comfortable using artworks from the Museum’s permanent collection to supplement their classroom curriculum in a variety of subjects. A number of teacher professional development programs are available throughout the year at little or no cost.

Crystal Bridges’ Education Department has also developed several Classroom Connections resources that connect specific works of art with school curricula and offer suggestions for lessons in the classroom.

Professional Development

Crystal Bridges offers teacher professional development for your school or district faculty. These sessions are led by Museum Education staff and provide teachers with the tools and strategies they need to teach from works of art in the Museum’s collection, including images and other resources for use in the classroom. The cost for these sessions is $50 per 25 teachers. Capacity limits us to 50 participants per session. 

Sponsored by Neff and Scarlett Basore

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William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship

The William Reese Company Teacher Fellowship seeks to enrich high school curriculum by encouraging research into the development of interdisciplinary connections between American art and core curriculum subjects of language arts, history, social studies, and the sciences. Administered by the Crystal Bridges Library, the Fellowship is designed to encourage creative research projects that draw on the assets of the Library to create arts-integrated curriculum that will enhance traditional teaching methods and student engagement.

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