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The Muskegon Museum of Art’s School Field Trip Fund helps schools pay for busing costs associated with field trips to the Museum.


Volunteer Opportunities


Volunteering Opportunities

The Education Department offers a host of volunteer opportunities. Consider assisting in the following areas:

  • Docent training & enhancement – Become a tour guide!
  • Event assistance, including craft workshops, performances, or classes – Bring your smile!
  • Curriculum Connections – Help create relevant lesson plans.
  • Clerical help – We always need more hands!

Other Volunteer Opportunities
MMA volunteers work in areas such as education, collections, special events, the art museum gift shop, staff aides, information desk, and building and grounds.

Phone 231.720.2574.

Media Library

Media Library

The Education Department is pleased to provide a variety of materials to enhance your efforts in the classroom. Materials are available for a loan period of five days. Please phone 231.720.2587 for more information or to request an item.

The Muskegon Museum of Art makes no assertions about the age appropriateness of this material. Please preview videos before sharing with students.

Videos – MMA Collection
20th Century American Art
African American Art: Past and Present
Against the Odds: Artists of the Harlem Renaissance
The American Indians: Sacred Ground
American Visions: The Republic of Virtue
American Visions: The Promised Land
American Visions: The Wilderness and the West
American Visions: The Gilded Age
American Visions: A Wave from the Atlantic
American Visions: Streamlines and Breadlines
American Visions: The Empire of Signs
American Visions: The Age of Anxiety
Apache: Geronimo on the Warpath
Art Glass: Looking at the Basics
Art of Navajo Weaving and The Durango Collection of Southwest Textiles
At the Met: Curator’s Choice
At the Met: Flowers and Gardens
Beyond Tradition: Contemporary Indian Art and Its Evolution
The Box of Daylight: A Tlingit Myth of Creation
Burchfield’s Vision
Cassatt: Portrait of an Artist
Chagall: Portrait of an Artist
Chicago’s Riverfront: Where the Present Meets The Past
Chihuly: Glass Master
Contemporary Series: Contemporary Glass
Cranbrook: Evolution of a Dream
The Creative Adventures of Isamu Noguchi
Dale Chihuly: Installations 1964 – 1992
David Hockney: Pleasures of the Eye
Degas: Portrait of an Artist
Don’t Eat the Pictures: Sesame Street at the Met
Dorthea Lange: A Visual Life
Drawing From the Past: Creation of Disney
Educational Awareness Presentation: Sharing The Dream
The Eighteenth Century Woman
Elements of Design: Single Concepts in Art
Elizabeth Catlett: Sculpting the Truth
Elroy’s Toys
Ethnic Notions: Black People in White Minds
The Oren Lyons: Faith keeper
Feast of the Gods
The Frescos of Diego Rivera
Henry Ossawa Tanner
History of Comics, The
I Will Fight No More Forever
Impressionists: The Other French Revolution
In Open Air: A Portrait of American Impressionists
In the Land of War Canoes
Into the Circle: An Introduction to Native American Powwows
Introduction to Venetian Techniques
Islands (Christo)
Jacob Lawrence: American Artist
Jacob Lawrence: An Intimate Portrait
Jacob Lawrence: The Glory of Expression
John Glick: A Potter at Work
The Journey of the Chandler-Pohrt Collection
Kahlo: Portrait of an Artist
Kandinsky: Portrait of an Artist
La Belle Époque 1890 – 1914
Les Silences de Manet
Life and Art of William H. Johnson (1901-1970)
Louvre 200: At the Louvre with the Masters
Louvre 200: Museum in Time
Louvre 200: Selected Places
Maria! Indian Pottery of San Ildefonso
Matisse in Nice
Michelangelo: Artist and Man
Ming Garden
Mountain in the Mind
The Mystery of Henry Moore
New Ways of Seeing: Picasso, Braque, and the Cubist Revolution
Noguchi: Portrait of an Artist
O’Keeffe: Portrait of an Artist
Picasso: Portrait of an Artist
The Power of Myth: The First Story Tellers
The Power of Myth: The Hero’s Adventure
The Power of Myth: Love and the Goddess
The Power of Myth: Masks of Eternity
The Power of Myth: The Message of the Myth
The Power of Myth: Sacrifice and Bliss
Principles of Design: Single Concepts in Art
Printmaking Processes
Randolph Caldecott: The Man Behind the Medal
Rediscovering America: Indians Among Us
Reflections: The Story of the Exhibition
Robert Motherwell and the New York School: Storming the Citadel
Robert Rauschenberg: Inventive Genius
Separate Visions: Four Southwest Indian Artists
Small Worlds: The Work of Esther Luttikhuizen
The Spirit of the Mask
Strega Nonna
Surviving Picasso
The Clown of God
A Treasury of California Baskets
Urban Bonsai: Contemporary Japanese Prints
Views of a Vanishing Frontier
Vincent: Portrait of an Artist
W.E.B. DuBois: A Biography in Four Voices
Willem de Kooning
Wilton Art Appreciation: Rhythms & Patterns, Change & Transformation
Wilton Art Appreciation: The World Our Minds Invent; Maps, Paths, & Grids
Wilton Art Appreciation: What Does it Mean to Be Me; Packaging; From Soup to You
Wilton Art Appreciation: 20th Century Trends I & II
Wilton Art Appreciation – Series 100: Artists at Work; Art Around Us
Wilton Art Appreciation – Series 100: Color; Elements of Design
Wilton Art Appreciation – Series 100: Many Ways Of Seeing; Art Adventure
Wilton Art Appreciation – Series 200: People Things; Animals
Wilton Art Appreciation – Series 200: Portraits & Still-Lifes
Winslow Homer: The Nature of the Artist
World of Joseph Campbell: Transformations of Myth Through Time
Wyeth: The Real World of Andrew Wyeth

Videos – National Gallery of Art at the MMA
Adventures in Art
American Light: The Luminist Movement
An American Impressionist: William Merritt Chase at Shinnecock
An American Vision
Anthony VanDyck
Art Nouveau: 1890-1914
Art + Science = Conservation
Awareness Series: American Art
Awareness Series: Modern Masters
Awareness Series: Old Masters
David Smith
Eye of Thomas Jefferson, The
Important Information Inside: John F. Peto and the Idea of Still-Life Painting
Introduction to Sculpture
James McNeill Whistler: His Etchings
James McNeill Whistler: The Lyrics Of Art
Landscapes of Frederic Edwin Church
Leonardo: To Know How To See
Masters of Illusion
Mobile, By Alexander Calder
Of Time, Tombs, and Treasure
Olmec Art of Ancient Mexico
Picasso and The Circus
Picasso: Early Years, The
Picasso: The Saltimbanques
Quiet Collector, The
Roy Lichtenstein: Art of the Graphic Image
Seeing Color: Object, Light Observer

Helpful Local Connections:
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Muskegon Public Schools
West Shore Symphony Orchestra
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Hackley Public Library
Lakeshore Museum Center
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
St. Cecilia Music Society

Educator Resources

Educator Resources

Tour Preparation Packets
After scheduling a tour, you will receive a set of anticipatory and follow-up materials to help make your class’s experience meaningful and lasting. These can include helpful activity sheets, suggestions, or links to websites.

Formal Elements of Art
Pre-visit powerpoint



Pre-visit powerpoint


1934: A New Deal for Artists

Exhibition Information

Educator Guide pdf

1934 PowerPoint Presentation


Museum Classroom
Our classroom can be reserved for special activities if time and scheduling permit. Groups of 25 or fewer, please. Please phone 231.720.2571 to make arrangements.

To make special arrangements tailored to your program, please phone 231.720.2571.

Helpful Local Connections:
Muskegon Area Intermediate School District
Muskegon Public Schools
West Shore Symphony Orchestra
Ottawa Area Intermediate School District
Hackley Public Library
Muskegon County Museum
Frauenthal Center for the Performing Arts
St. Cecilia Music Society

Educator Resources Library:
Choose from a large selection of videos and teacher packets.







To register: Call 231.720.2571 at least one week before class begins.

Monday–Thursday, March 30–April 2
5:30–7:00 pm
Robotics with LEGO® Bricks
Class Instructor: Kathleen Steudle-Schwander
Ages 10-13/limited spaces
Cost: $60/$50 member
Class participants will learn the joys of building and programming robots with LEGO bricks while working with and against each other to complete various missions. There is no greater adventure then that of the imagination and the sky is the limit with this class. Students will be challenged to solve problems in new ways and to come to the understanding that there are multiple ways to complete the same task. Participants will learn to use special computer software specifically made for crafting LEGO brick robotics. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 23.
Computers provided courtesy of the Muskegon Area Intermediate School District.

Tuesday & Thursday, April 7 & 9
10:00 am–noon
Zentangles for tweens and teens
Instructor: Marjorie Goosen, Certified Zentangle Teacher (CZT)
(Ages 8-14)
$40/$35 member (includes materials)
Zentagling is a great way to express yourself, with no art training or background required to make beautiful, fun, and funky images. Learn simple, repetitive strokes to make exciting, unique, fresh drawings using simple tools. Prepare to be amazed with your success. This class will leave you wanting more! To register: Call 231.720.2571 by March 31.
Saturday April 25, 10:30 am –noon
Matting and Framing Workshop
Instructor: Keith Downie
$20 non-member/$15 member
There are no rules in art and no firm rules in framing. There are, however, picture framing materials, techniques, and design principles that will provide a contemporary museum-style presentation while being safe for your artwork and easy on your budget. This class is limited to 12 participants. To register: Call 231.720.2571 by April 17.
Artist and master framer, Keith Downie will focus primarily on framing artwork on paper, including photographs, during this 90-minute workshop. Bring one small paper piece or photo to mat in the workshop (maximum 12 x 16 inch size). Topics will include:
•    Identifying “archival” matting and glazing materials
•    Essential mat cutting tools
•    Cutting and assembling window mats
•    Hinging and mounting artworks on paper
•    Mat colors and frame style considerations
•    Where to buy materials (local, catalogue, and online)
•    Maximizing “a la carte” services from frame shops


Brown Bag films are shown on the 2nd and 4th Thursdays of the month at 12:15 P.M. Films are free and complement MMA collections and exhibitions. Bring your lunch and enjoy complimentary coffee and cookies while you watch a film. Afterward, from 1:00 to 3:00 P.M., visit the galleries for drop-in guided tours led by MMA docents. Brown Bag Films and Thursday afternoon tours are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.


FRIENDS OF ART PROGRAMS (Programs are scheduled September through May.)

As it has been since 1923, Friends of Art extends a welcome to all who wish to partake in its program of study. As stated in the FOA by-laws, the purpose of the organization is to “…promote the study of art and to support the Muskegon Museum of Art.” FOA was incorporated in 1921 as a non-profit organization associated with the Hackley Art Gallery (now the MMA) and was an outgrowth of weekly morning art classes held at the gallery prior to 1917. In 1923, the group began the Wednesday morning programs that continue today. Meetings are scheduled from early fall through mid-May and are not held in January. In addition to daytime lectures presented by guest speakers and members, FOA hosts occasional field trips and evening programs. FOA membership is $20 per person. Muskegon Museum of Art membership is required for FOA membership.

Admission to most Friends of Art programs is free and open to the public.