Multilingual Offerings and Literacy Programs

Crystal Bridges strives to create a welcoming and inclusive environment for all visitors. The museum offers select materials and brochures in multiple languages, including Spanish and Marshallese, as well as guided tours in Spanish or with American Sign Language interpretation. The newly re-installed Early American art galleries will feature bilingual content in English and Spanish as will the audio guide.

The museum collaborates with several local literacy councils and adult education centers to design literacy programs that connect English language learners with works of art, enhancing students’ language skills while learning about American history and culture. If you are interested in bringing your ESOL class to the museum, please contact us here for more information.

A group of seven women with the Springdale Family Literacy Program stand together in a classroom at the museum and smile while showing accordion style books with brightly colored papers and drawings they made.

Drop-in Tours

ASL Collection Highlights Tour - 2:30pm: On the third Saturday of every month, join one of our talented gallery guides accompanied by an American Sign Language Interpreter to visit some of the best-known works in our main galleries.
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Bilingual Spanish-English Collection Highlights Tour - 2:30pm: Beginning in February of 2018, a bilingual tour will be offered on the fourth Saturday of every month. Join one of our talented gallery guides to view 4-5 highlights of the museum collection.

Literacy Programming

A group of people attending a literacy program sit on stools on the right side of a wide angle shot of the galleries.  A museum educator stands near the group facilitating a conversation in front of a late 19th century landscape painting.

Ozark Literacy Council and Literacy Council of Benton County

Once a month, English language learners enrolled in programs through the Literacy Council of Benton County in Bentonville and Ozark Literacy Council in Fayetteville visit the museum for programs with volunteer tutors. During each session, participants practice conversational English skills through a gallery discussion in which participants are encouraged to share their thoughts, feelings, and ideas about works of art in the collection.

Transportation provided, in part, by Pinnacle Car Services

Springdale Family Literacy Program

Crystal Bridges collaborates with the Springdale Family Literacy Program (SFLP) to create programs designed to encourage adult English language learners to practice listening, speaking, reading, and writing English while learning about American history and culture through exploration of artworks at the museum. Classes from 16 SFLP schools, composed of adult English language learners with children enrolled in Springdale Public Schools, participate in sessions throughout the fall and spring semesters. Each session features a gallery discussion as well as an opportunity for participants to create their own work of art inspired by the session's theme.

Art & English

Art & English is a monthly evening literacy program open to any adult English language learner interested in practicing conversational English skills. Each session is themed and features a gallery discussion in which participants are encouraged to share their thoughts and opinions about works of art. Children of participants are invited to join the gallery discussion or make an art project with a museum instructor in the studios during the program. Free, email us here to register. Registration encouraged, but not required.

Programs take place on the second Thursday of the month from 6:30 to 7:30 p.m. in the Albers classroom. Click here to view programs.