Art Adventure is a program that engages students with artworks from the Minneapolis Institute of Art’s collection and through the support of thousands of trained, school volunteers, sends visual arts into K-6 classrooms across Minnesota and beyond. The program encourages creativity, critical thinking and global awareness through in-depth explorations of art across various cultures and time periods. Art Adventure is an opportunity for students to experience art up close and personal through reproductions, technology and touch-and-feel props.
Support provided by The Eugene U. and Mary F. Frey Family Fund of the Saint Paul Foundation and Midwest Radiology Foundation.
Every school must have a designated coordinator to serve as the main contact for the school. Coordinators are responsible for reserving an Art Adventure set, recruiting and registering volunteers for training, picking up and returning the Art Adventure set, and requesting an Art Adventure tour.
Picture People are school volunteers that come to the museum for training and then go into classrooms to facilitate conversation and learning. Each theme is offered at least twice a month, once in the morning and once in the evening. You only need to attend training once. Click here to read more.
Like what you have seen? Interested in having Art Adventure at your school? Click here to download our info sheet.
Frequently Asked Questions
“Where do I pick-up and drop off my set?”
Pick-up and return your Art Adventure set at the School Services area located in the lobby of the 3rd Avenue entrance. Look at your confirmation to verify the specific dates of your set rental.
“Where can I purchase postcards or additional booklets?”
Please contact ArtAdventure@artsmia.org to order postcards.
“How do I reserve an Art Adventure set?”
Reservation Day is in early April and sets are available on a first-come first-served basis from then on. To reserve a set now, please e-mail ArtAdventure@artsmia.org.
Request a free Art Adventure tour
To request an Art Adventure tour, visit the Tours page and use our online form. .
The Minneapolis Institute of Art Collection
It is our mission to enrich the community by collecting, preserving, and making accessible outstanding works of art from the world’s diverse cultures. With over 90,000 artworks, Mia’s collection includes art from six continents, spanning about 5,000 years.
Google Art Project
Google Arts & Culture is an online platform and application through which the public can view high-resolution images, videos of artworks and cultural artifacts from partner cultural organizations throughout the world there are also Games for kids and fun learning tools.