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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.


Our in-person school programs are suspended until March 2021 to prioritize the health of students, teachers, and our community. We will be offering online experiences for pre-K–12 students during this time.

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

In-person programs will resume in March 2021, pending approval for in-class visits and field trips by our partner schools. Space is limited; submit your request today.

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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 single-visit, multi-visit, and online education programs in the Greater Philadelphia region and beyond. This list reflects gifts made between January 1, 2019, and December 31, 2020.

Beneficial Foundation
Eugene and Joann Bissell
Caroline J. S. Sanders Trust 2
Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation
Robert Cohen and Deborah Peikes
The Dean and Ann Witter Fund for Charitable Giving
Dolfinger-McMahon Foundation
Dr. Andrew F. Drake
Ethel Sergeant Clark Smith Memorial Fund
James Fernberger and Mary Walto
Julia and David Fleischner
Goldsmith Weiss Foundation
Nancy Gordon and Stew Bolno
Greater Philadelphia Cultural Alliance
Hamilton Family Charitable Trust
Anne and David Hilton
Louis Nayovitz Foundation
Philadelphia Cultural Fund Youth Arts Enrichment
Samuel P. Mandell Foundation
Jerome and Sandra Schwartz
Syde Hurdus Foundation

William Penn Foundation generously provides lead support for Puentes a las Artes/Bridges to the Arts, the Barnes’s arts-based biliteracy program for ELL/ESL pre-K and kindergarten students in South Philadelphia’s Latinx community.

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

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

Education 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