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Programs : NCMA offers a variety of opportunities for students and teachers to engage with the museum throughout the year. Check out our programs listings below to see what is offered.

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School Tours

Come explore the NCMA collection or special exhibitions on a guided tour for your students. Docents are available to lead tours tailored to your students’ needs and interests. Choose from tour themes that relate to the curriculum or tell us about your students and your current studies in the notes portion of the online scheduling form. We’ll help you find the tour that best supports your students’ needs.

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Request a tour: Tour Request Form

NCMA collection

Special exhibitions

Professional Development for Teachers

NCMA offers professional development programs that support educators across North Carolina as they connect across disciplines through art. Check the events page for upcoming offerings.

Our Programs:

Fall Educator Expo: Educator Expos feature immersive learning experiences led by contemporary artists, educators, and designers in the museum’s studios, galleries, and special exhibition spaces. We welcome educators of all levels and disciplines as well as teaching artists and others interested in learning through the arts at this annual, celebratory event.

Workshops: Spend time in the galleries exploring how art connects to your teaching practice. Connect with other educators, learn new strategies, and develop your creative capacities. Saturday workshops are offered during the school year and two-day workshops run during weekdays in the summer.

NCMA EdCamp: NCMA hosts professional development using the EdCamp [] model once a year. Collaborate and connect through participant-driven professional learning experiences. Participants create, lead, and attend sessions on arts integration that are responsive to educators’ needs and interests. Open to educators from all grade levels and subject areas.

Distance Learning for Educators: On-line courses for educators are offered several times during the year. Virtual Visits for Teachers are brief programs that can be incorporated into training time and will be introduced during the 2017-2018 school year.

NCMA Fellowship for Collaborative Teaching: Fellowships are awarded annually to pairs of North Carolina educators interested in refining their practice in art integration strategies and collaboration. Professional development support and stipends are provided.

Professional Development for Your Organization:

Free: 1-2 hour session; Fee-based: Daylong workshop; groups of 10 or more

Open to all disciplines and grade levels

Let the Museum become your classroom for your next school or countywide teacher professional development day. Sessions include an overview of our teacher resources and programs and your choice from a menu of topics.

Reservations must be made at least four weeks in advance and are based on availability.

Distance Learning

The North Carolina Museum of Art has several opportunities for students and teachers to connect to the museum no matter where they are in the state or world! Check out the program offerings below to see how to bring the NCMA to you.



Artists in Process: Artists in Process is inspired by flipped classroom and blended learning approaches to individualize the learning at the NCMA. During Artists in Process, students will explore the artistic process through online discussion forums, videos, hands-on art making, and a museum visit.

High School Online Courses: NCMA and the North Carolina Virtual Public School collaborated to develop semester long, for-credit courses. Topics offered include photography, fashion, and game design. They are offered each semester.

Virtual Field Trips (coming fall 2017): Join the NCMA live from the galleries and straight into your classroom. Current offerings include:

  • Mosaics with Classical art (K-2)
  • 3D printing with Egyptian art (6-8)
  • Poetry with American art (9-12)



Visual Literacy: Making Connections with Works of Art:  This online course will introduce a variety of engagement strategies to facilitate deeper inquiry into works of art. Teachers can receive 10 hours of participation (1 CEU) upon completion.
Art and Environment: coming spring 2018


Teen programs at the North Carolina Museum of Art engage teens through interactions with works of art, the artistic process, and contemporary artists. Through the Teen Arts Council, teen-designed and facilitated events, pop-up art activities, juried exhibitions, workshops, and online courses, we seek to make the Museum and its collection a catalyst for change, and a site for self discovery and the exploration of creative potential.

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College programming at the North Carolina Museum of Art supports interactions with works of art and practicing artists. Through juried exhibitions, workshops, symposia, and social events, we seek to enhance student and faculty creativity, innovation, communication, collaboration and create personal connections with the Museum.