Art and Insight

Art and Insight consists of five modules built around critical competencies and activities designed to develop stronger skills in critical thinking, observation, communication, flexibility, empathy, and mindfulness. Students are invited to engage in dialogue on issues relevant to health professionals using art education teaching strategies with works of art in the CMA’s collection. All programs take place on-site at the Cleveland Museum of Art. To register a group, please contact the manager of academic affairs at

Standard Program

The standard program consists of five competency modules. The modules are presented in the following order:   

  • Close Looking 
  • Comfort with Ambiguity  
  • Multiple Perspectives 
  • Implicit Bias  
  • Mindfulness 

Program Length: 2 hours 

two visitors looking at art

Alternate Programs

There are two alternate program options. 

The first alternate program is one hour containing two modules, and participants can choose which two of the available modules they would like to participate in. 

Alternate Program 1 Length: 1 hour


The second alternate program incorporates facilitated experiences with musicians from Opus 216. The facilitated activities use live musical performance to engage students in active listening and discussion around topics related to leadership and multiple perspectives. The outline of this program is the following:  

  • Comfort with Ambiguity 
  • Opus 216 (Multiple Perspectives) 
  • Implicit Bias 

Alternate Program 2 Length: 2 hours

visitors looking at a green sculpture in galleries

Fee Structure

Standard Program: $80/person for the first 15 people, $40 for each additional person up to a maximum group size of 30

Alternate Program 1: $40/person for the first 15 people, $20/person for each additional person up to a maximum group size of 30

Alternate Program 2: Standard program fees + $500 fee for Opus 216–facilitated activities


All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Mr. and Mrs. Walter E. Fortney, David and Robin Gunning, Dieter and Susan M. Kaesgen, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, Gail C. and Elliott L. Schlang, Shurtape Technologies, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Generous annual support is provided by Gini and Randy Barbato, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, Robin Heiser, the Lloyd D. Hunter Memorial Fund, the late Marta and the late Donald M. Jack Jr., Bill and Joyce Litzler, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, William J. and Katherine T. O’Neill, Mandi Rickelman, Betty T. and David M. Schneider, the Sally and Larry Sears Fund for Education Endowment, Roy Smith, Paula and Eugene Stevens, the Trilling Family Foundation, and the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art.

    The Cleveland Museum of Art is funded in part by residents of Cuyahoga County through a public grant from Cuyahoga Arts & Culture.

    Education programs are supported in part by the Ohio Arts Council, which receives support from the State of Ohio and the National Endowment for the Arts.