PreK-12 Programs & Educators

As a leading art museum in Michigan, the Flint Institute of Arts offers exciting opportunities to support critical thinking, creativity, and visual literacy skills with our programs for preschool through high school students. We eagerly look forward to helping your students explore curriculum-based themes and develop critical thinking through world-class works of art. 

Programs at the Museum

Gallery Learning Experiences (GLEX)

Grades K-12

Our on-site programs are a great way to introduce your students to the museum experience and develop their visual literacy skills. We will guide your students in looking at, talking about, and making meaning from great art from around the world in the museum collection. Education staff will meet your group when you arrive and escort you to your chosen experiences. Each experience lasts 30-45 minutes and is aligned with the National Visual Arts Standards. Gallery lessons are free of charge. 


Grades K-12

ARTreach programs link the visual arts with the core curriculum to provide a comprehensive learning experience for students. Each program is available as a single visit to the FIA or as a multi-part program taking place in your school (limited to schools in Genesee County). Subject matter for student artwork is adjusted to connect with your curriculum. One of our museum educators will work with you to plan the specifics of your program. During the program, students will be introduced to art concepts and techniques so they will have the tools they need to express ideas and thoughts about what they are already learning in the classroom. 

Afterschool Programs

Grades K-12

Are you looking for a fun and educational experience for your after school group? We offer programs at the museum, in our studios, and at your site (limited to Genesee County schools). Students enjoy experiences that develop their creative problem solving skills and help them express ideas through visual art. Please contact the Education department at 810.237.7314 or by email.

Scout Programs

Work with a museum educator to create a custom experience for your scout group! Each visit lasts an hour and a half to 2 hours and combines gallery exploration with an art making activity. A fee of $4 per person covers art materials.