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Red Grooms (American, b. 1937), Blewy II, 1971, offset lithograph, 25 x 31 inches. Gift of ellsworth snyder, in memory of Nathan Samuel Blount. Collection of the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art. © 2013 Red Grooms/Artist Rights Society (ARS), New York.

Full-color posters accompany each MMoCA Art on Tour exhibition and allow for ongoing classroom application throughout the school year. Classroom discussions by MMoCA's docents are available upon request.

Generous funding for Art on Tour has been provided by the Nimick Forbesway Foundation, an anonymous donor, and

For information on MMoCA's Art on Tour program, please contact Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education, at

Through MMoCA Art on Tour, original works of art from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art's permanent collection travel to ten public elementary and middle schools in Dane County, Wisconsin. The program supports interdisciplinary learning through visual art and provides students with unique opportunities to experience original, museum-quality art in their schools.

Schools applied to the museum for the opportunity to participate in the program and represent the diversity of student populations living in this region of the state. Through MMoCA Art on Tour, the museum and the participating schools form a three-year program partnership. Schools receive a different Art on Tour exhibition each year, with two exhibitions circulating annually.

Art on Tour exhibitions are organized thematically to relate to school curricula and variously address narrative, time and place, creative expression, and key themes in contemporary art. Secondary themes within each exhibition—animals, community, and the imagination, among others—help to support cross-disciplinary applications to language arts, science, and social studies curricula.

This teaching website supports classroom use of MMoCA Art on Tour by providing analysis of the featured works of art, background information on the artists, discussion questions, key ideas, vocabulary, and resources for further study to help teachers make the most of the exhibitions while they are installed at their school. Lesson plans developed by art specialists and classroom teachers for works of art in each exhibition meet Common Core State Standards and Wisconsin Visual Art Standards. Using a shared Google Drive, participating teachers are encouraged to exchange ideas and post images of student outcomes resulting from their study of Art on Tour exhibitions.