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Free Sundays for Educators

On Sundays, the Barnes offers free general admission to K–12 educators working in the School District of Philadelphia or Philadelphia parochial schools. Tickets can be redeemed on-site only, by presenting a valid school-issued ID. Limit one ticket per educator. This benefit is made possible by an anonymous donor.


Summer Teacher Institute 2019:
Hands-On, Minds-On: Teaching Through Art
Monday, July 22 – Thursday, July 25 9am – 3:30pm
$295; members $265
Optional Act 48 credit included in price
Graduate credit available for additional fee

The 2019 Summer Teacher Institute will focus on providing educators with art-based therapeutic strategies to engage with students about important social issues in their world and the effect these issues have on their everyday lives. In addition, teachers will learn practical techniques for their own self-care, including art-based meditation and mindfulness exercises. The four-day institute features hands-on workshops with Barnes staff and special presenters; exclusive access to the collection; a preview and guided tour of the new special exhibition I Do Not Know What It Is I Am Like: The Art of Bill Viola; and more, including:

  • Ceramic artist Roberto Lugo will discuss how he incorporates contemporary social justice issues into his work.
  • Lisa Kay, of Temple University’s Tyler School of Art, will discuss her new book Therapeutic Approaches in Art Education.
  • Preview works in 30 Americans, an exhibition opening October 2019, showcasing influential African American artists, including Kehinde Wiley, Kara Walker, and Nick Cave.
  • Registration includes daily catered lunch, 10% discount at the Barnes Shop, and complimentary access to the collection during the week of the institute.
  • Resources for classroom lessons, including lesson plans and ideas for integrating art across the curriculum into content areas such as English Language Arts, Math, Science, and Social Studies.
  • Act 48 credit is provided by the Philadelphia Arts in Education Partnership. Graduate credit is provided by the Professional Institute for Educators at the University of the Arts for an additional fee.

Join the institute for free! A limited number of tuition waivers (excluding graduate credit fee) are available to teachers in Title I schools. Waiver applications due Sunday, May 12.

Sign up for updates about courses and registration; email us for additional details about credit opportunities.