For Teachers


Guided tours of MMoCA provide students with an opportunity to experience one of Wisconsin’s premiere settings for viewing modern and contemporary art. MMoCA’s exhibition galleries are designed to accommodate a wide range of visual art—from intimate drawings, prints, and photographs to large-scale sculptures, paintings, and installations.

MMoCA’s exhibitions inspire students to observe, question, think, respond, and reflect as they look closely at works of art. Tours are led by knowledgeable and enthusiastic docents who build upon student observation through group interaction and open-minded inquiry.

Teaching Pages

Teaching pages provide analysis of a selection of works of art on view at the museum, biographical information on featured artists, discussion questions, and links to additional resources. Teaching pages are prepared by MMoCA’s education department as an introduction to a museum visit by school groups or as an ongoing classroom teaching and learning resource.

Art on Tour

Through MMoCA Art on Tour, original works of art from the Madison Museum of Contemporary Art’s permanent collection travel to 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 are invited to apply to the program and represent the diversity of student populations living in this region of the state. Through MMoCA Art on Tour, MMoCA and the participating schools form a three-year program partnership. Schools receive a different Art on Tour exhibition each year.

Art on Tour exhibitions are organized thematically to relate to school curricula and address narrativetime and placefantasy, and key themes in contemporary art through a wide range of subject matter and style. 

The next Art on Tour cycle will begin in September 2019. Applications materials for Dane County schools will be available early in 2019. For more information, please email Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education, at


MMoCA’s mini-Museum program introduces youth to art museum functions and teaches them how to create an exhibition in their own school. Children in grades four through twelve visit the museum to interview staff, study operations, and tour exhibitions. They apply this research to install an exhibition, publish a catalog, host an opening, give gallery tours, promote their exhibition, and act as security guards. Some schools have created their own galleries with proper security, insurance, and climate control; these safeguards enable the schools to schedule exhibitions and borrow works from the museum’s collection.

To inquire about mini-Museum, contact the Sheri Castelnuovo, curator of education, at