Art Talks

Through Art Talks, full-time Outreach Educators from SMA visit with students and teachers to provide workshops and training. This program is provided at no cost to schools. The following programs are available for elementary, middle, and high school students:

  • Elementary School Programs
    • Kid Curators - The Kid Curators program uses Visual and Language Arts core standards to reinforce the idea of "main idea" , while learning how to curate an exhibition. Students work in groups using images from the Museum’s permanent collection to craft their own art show, using a main idea and using images of art from the Museum's permanent collection as supporting ideas. This 3-6 grade program is held in a classroom and lasts approximately fifty minutes for each class of twenty to thirty students. 
    • Studio Experience - This is an art-making experience that focuses on people. Students will practice new figure drawing skills by observing their own classmates. This workshop is held in a classroom and lasts approximately thirty minutes for each class of twenty to thirty students. Schools will provide paper and pencils, a white board, and, if possible, a microphone.
    • Faculty Professional Development - This in-service consists of discussion-based group activities, which revolve around posters and postcards from SMA’s collection. A packet of lesson plans, several posters, and sixteen classroom sets of postcards will be donated at no charge to the school. This in-service training takes approximately thirty minutes. Our Outreach Educators are also available to provide in-service training for several schools at the same time, as in district-level professional development days.

  • Middle School/Junior High Program
    • Exploring Identity- This program is designed to help students find personal meaning in art, specifically through the theme of identity. Students will engage in group and classroom-wide discussions about identity-themed SMA art, play relevant team-building games, and reflect upon their experience. A pre-visit packet (given to teachers upon scheduling a date) provides activities to do before and after the Art Talks presentation. This presentation can be adapted to various time lengths. 

  • High School Program
    • Careers in Museums

    Contact our Outreach Specialist for more information at 801-491-5709 or

    Art Talks is funded by the Utah State Legislature through Professional Outreach Programs in the Schools (POPS) under the direction of the Utah State Board of Education (USBE).