Curricular Connections

Contact academicaffairs [at] clevelandart.org with any inquiries about programs or for Collections Connections documents.

Collections Connections
Are you planning to bring your students to the CMA and need some guidance on where to start? Check out the following Curricular Connection themes to help plan your visit:

  • Museums and Monuments: Explore artworks in and around the museum and consider the museum’s role in public histories.
  • Art and Social Justice: Explore how artists have addressed social injustice through their work.
  • Narratives in Art: Students use their imagination to uncover the narrative, symbols, or meaning of artworks and interpret the artist’s intent, beyond first glance.
  • Highlights: Explore the museum’s galleries through this introductory tour encompassing artworks across various styles and cultures.

For each of the four CMA-curated themes, you will find the following:

  1. Links to five objects from the CMA’s collection that correspond to the theme and that have associated museum-produced audio/video. Some selected objects will be on view and some may not be. One advantage of virtual programming is we can explore more artworks! You are free to select additional images as you see fit.
  2. Two probing questions that you might pose to your students to initiate discussion. You are of course invited to shape your students’ experiences as best suits your learning goals, but we provide some prompts to get you started should you need them.
  3. One to three additional support resources (articles, videos, etc.).

Learn more about how to schedule self-guided group tours.


Virtual Program Recordings

The following CMA virtual programs are recorded and accessible through the CMA’s website and YouTube page for use in the classroom.

  • Close Looking at a Distance: Examine a work of art, ask questions, and learn how art can frame our understanding of both the past and present. The program is hosted by Key Jo Lee, director of academic affairs and curator of special projects.
  • Desktop Dialogues: Listen as curators, educators, community leaders, artists, and others offer new ways to look at and understand artworks, special exhibitions, and museum-specific issues. Join the live conversation every 1st and 3rd Wednesday at 12:00 p.m., hosted by Andrew Cappetta, manager of collection and exhibition programs.


Art & Insight

Using a variety of close-looking activities, the program offers a collaborative context for exploring styles of analysis, description, and interaction, skills essential to medical students and professionals. Art & Insight is designed to strengthen observation and communication skills, build empathy and cultural awareness, and bring to consciousness the individual patterns of perception that guide each person’s perspective and focus. 

Program Features

The activities emphasize experiences with art that encourage the following: 

  •     Stretch familiar-looking habits
  •     Compel reflection on one’s own patterns of perception
  •     Invite further exploration of the museum as a tool for honing observational skills
  •     Reveal implicit biases

For more information, email academicaffairs [at] clevelandart.org.

All education programs at the Cleveland Museum of Art are underwritten by the CMA Fund for Education. Major annual support is provided by the Womens Council of the Cleveland Museum of Art. Generous annual support is provided by Brenda and Marshall Brown, Florence Kahane Goodman, Eva and Rudolf Linnebach, and the Kelvin and Eleanor Smith Foundation. Additional annual support is provided by Gail Bowen in memory of Richard L. Bowen, the M. E. and F. J. Callahan Foundation, Mr. and Mrs. Walter R. Chapman Jr., Char and Chuck Fowler, the Giant Eagle Foundation, the Logsdon Family Fund for Education, Roy Smith, and the Trilling Family Foundation. 

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.

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