A world-class collection of American art, stunning architecture, and 120 acres of Ozark forest with five miles of trails. Admission to the museum is always free.
Planning a visit to Crystal Bridges this spring? Use this guide to learn what’s on and what to expect this season.
We have something for all types of learners. From educator resources to family activities to scholars, find what speaks to you and engage with us.
There’s more to the museum than just the galleries— come enjoy hands-on creative fun with art classes for all ages and experience levels..
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Museum & Buildings
Trails and Grounds open daily sunrise to sunset.
The Reese Teacher Fellowship is open to all Pre-K – 12 educators. Applicants may be affiliated with a public, private, or charter school. Fellows will be selected on the basis of their project’s potential to enrich Pre-K – 12 curriculum based on an interdisciplinary connection between American art and another subject topic by using primary sources from the Crystal Bridges Library’s Rare Book and Archives collections. Creative research projects that seek to enhance traditional teaching methods and engagement are encouraged.
The Reese Teacher Fellow is expected to spend one month at Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in Bentonville, Arkansas. A computer and work station within the Crystal Bridges Library will be provided during the fellowship term. The Reese Teacher Fellow will be awarded $5,000, disbursed to the recipient as income to cover expenses, including travel and lodging. To support their research, Reese Teacher Fellows will have access to the art and library special collections of Crystal Bridges as well as the library at the University of Arkansas in nearby Fayetteville.
Sponsored by Dorothy M. Hurt
You may apply as an individual or as part of a team of two from the same school. Two fellows will be selected for 2023.
Applications should be submitted by April 21. Qualified applications will be reviewed and announced by May 1.
Submit applications to School.Programs@crystalbridges.org.
Applications must consist of:
Expected outcomes will include:
Realms of Fin and Feet and Wing
This resource offers interdisciplinary curriculum materials to integrate early American natural history documents and works of art into World History, American History, British Literature, American Literature, and Biology.
By 2014 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, Anne Greenwood
The Intersection of Poetry and Art
All disciplines are incorporated making this a unique way to introduce art and poetry to any classroom. Every section of this site is organized for maximum usage and ease of access and features the work of more than 60 prominent and lesser-known American visual artists, as well as poems that might pair with them. All primary sourced materials to save teachers time in the classroom while maximizing the time students have to learn.
By 2017 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, William Plaschke
American Painting, Poetry, Prose, and “Progress” in the Nineteenth Century
The intersection of art, literature, and history during the 19th century is addressed in this module that provide educators of various disciplines pedagogical ideas and a multitude of components they can use to adapt existing lesson plans or create entirely new ones as their students explore the work of the Hudson River School artists, transcendentalists, and the Knickerbocker Group. Themes addressed include westward expansion, nature, and Native Americans.
By 2018 William Reese Company Teacher Fellow, Bob Fenster
Engaging Empathy integrates the artwork and library resources of Crystal Bridges Museum of American Art in lessons to strengthen empathy and literacy in secondary schools. The lessons address complex topics through important and representational material from a variety of perspectives, creating a starting point for deeper lessons and dialogue to foster greater understanding and empathy.
By 2019 William Reese Company Teacher Fellows, Julie Griggs and Heather Hooks