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Come to the Barnes, or we’ll come to you. Our programs will nourish your students’ imaginations and serve your curricular goals.


The Barnes Foundation partners with the School District of Philadelphia (pre-K and grades 3, 5, and 7), Catholic schools in the Delaware Valley (grades 5 and 7), and Camden Catholic Partnership Schools (grade 3) to provide free in-depth programming to schools. Students receive two one-hour outreach lessons with a Barnes educator in their classroom, before and after a field trip to the Barnes Foundation. These programs include materials, busing, and admission.

For Pictures and Words (grade 3) or Artist Voices (grade 7), teachers have the option of including 30 Americans programming in their lesson plan.

Space is limited. If our programs are full or unavailable, teachers are encouraged to plan a field trip.

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Look! Reflect! Connect! (Pre-K)

Look! Reflect! Connect! emphasizes the role of visual arts in the lives of pre-kindergarten students, educators, and parents by expanding the typical early childhood concept of art, which focuses on making, to the experience of looking at and talking about art and artists. Program by invitation only. Email us for details.

Pictures and Words (Grade 3)

Third graders create artworks that show individual expression using a variety of artistic processes and materials and identify, through strong observational skills, how color, line, and shape work as key details to convey the story in a work of art. During their Barnes visit, students learn to read paintings by making claims about the setting, characters, and the main idea represented in the artist’s work, followed by a dance workshop where stories are communicated through movement and music.

More about the program and curricular standards.

Art of Looking (Grade 5)

This STEAM program (science, technology, engineering, art, and math) explores the elements of composition—light, line, color, space, and shape—and their connection to other subject areas including English language arts and visual arts. Students become art detectives, examining works from both artistic and scientific perspectives and creating claims about meaning in artworks supported by evidence.

More about the program and curricular standards.

Artist Voices (Grade 7)

Seventh graders learn how works of art express an artist’s voice and view of the world. Students explore the Barnes collection and discover artists who were radical rule-breakers in their time, defying convention to express their viewpoints. Students explore their own artistic voices in writing and artwork, both in their classrooms and at the Barnes.

More about the program and curricular standards.

School Program Donors

The Barnes gratefully acknowledges our donors for their generous support of pre-K through 12 education programs in Philadelphia and Camden, New Jersey. This list reflects gifts made between January 1, 2018 and August 15, 2019.

The 25th Century Foundation
Beneficial Foundation
Katherine Brittain Bradley
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Robert Cohen and Deborah Peikes
Connelly Foundation
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Dr. Andrew F. Drake
James Fernberger and Mary Walto
Goldsmith Weiss Foundation
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Anne and David Hilton
Louis Nayovitz Foundation
Philadelphia Cultural Fund Youth Arts Enrichment
Jerome R. Schwartz
Joan and Bernard Spain
Stavros Niarchos Foundation
Syde Hurdus Foundation
Anonymous (2)

The Barnes Foundation smART Fund for Education, established by GSK, is an endowment that provides generous annual support for K–8 education outreach programs in the School District of Philadelphia.

Subaru of America, Inc. generously supports education outreach programs in Camden, NJ and provides a vehicle for Barnes educators to use for travel to Philadelphia and Camden city schools.

Education outreach programs for School District of Philadelphia students are generously supported by gifts made through the Educational Improvement Tax Credit (EITC) program. The Barnes Foundation gratefully acknowledges the following donors for their support.

Philadelphia Insurance Companies