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Date of Release: 
Tuesday, December 18, 2012
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Sheri Castelnuovo, Curator of Education
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Katie Kazan, Director of Public Information
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Announcing MMoCA Art on Tour

MMoCA Brings Modern and Contemporary Art to Schools

MADISON, WI—Nine public elementary and middle schools in Dane County will soon have something new on their walls, as MMoCA Art on Tour brings original works from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection to area schools, completely free of charge.

Through MMoCA Art on Tour, the museum and the participating schools form a three-year program partnership. Each year, a different exhibition will travel from school to school and be displayed at each for one month. What’s Going on Here? Stories in Art circulates beginning in January 2013; When and Where Is It? Time and Place in Art tours in 2014; and Can You Imagine This? Fantasy in Art travels in 2015. Secondary themes within each exhibition, such as animals, community, and creative expression, help to support cross-disciplinary applications to language arts, science, and social studies curricula.

More than 8,000 students participated in a similar program in 2004 and 2005, when the museum was closed for construction of its new facility. With a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts, MMoCA is able to both relaunch the program and expand it in four important ways.

Online resources. An online teaching resource supports classroom use of MMoCA Art on Tour. Analysis of each work of art includes information on the artist, discussion questions, key ideas, vocabulary, and resources for further study. Corresponding lesson plans developed by art specialists and classroom teachers meet Common Core State Standards and Wisconsin Visual Art Standards. A blog enables participating teachers to share ideas, exchange information and experiences, and post images of student projects. MMoCA anticipates that, like other online education resources available through, contents of the MMoCA Art on Tour website will be used by teachers around the nation, as well as program participants.

Support to enable museum visits. Funding for buses and substitute teachers enables students from participating schools to visit the museum.

Posters. Full-color posters showing each work included in MMoCA Art on Tour enable ongoing classroom application throughout the school year.

Gatherings at the museum. Students and parents are invited to a culminating event at the museum each year.

MMoCA Art on Tour is one of the most important outreach programs the museum has developed, with the potential to reach thousands of students with in-depth learning experiences based on the museum’s collection,” explained Sheri Castelnuovo, MMoCA curator of education. “It is a unique way to enrich our relationship with schools and add depth to the school programs MMoCA currently provides.”

Participating schools applied to host MMoCA Art on Tour and met conditions important for the display of original works of art. The schools are Cherokee Middle School; Cottage Grove Elementary School; Glendale Elementary School; Hamilton Middle School; Indian Mound Middle School, McFarland; Kegonsa Elementary School, Stoughton; Midvale Elementary School; Muir Elementary School; and Prairie View Middle School, Sun Prairie.

Generous support for MMoCA Art on Tour has been provided by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and a donation from Marie Wunsch.


Hours at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art are Tuesday–Thursday (noon–5 pm); Friday (noon–8 pm); Saturday (10 am–8 pm); and Sunday (noon–5 pm). The museum is closed on Mondays.

Admission to exhibitions at the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art is free of charge. MMoCA is supported through memberships and through generous contributions and grants from individuals, corporations, agencies, and foundations. Important support is also generated through auxiliary group programs; special events; rental of the museum’s lobby, lecture hall, and rooftop garden; and sales through the Museum Store.

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