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OUR MISSION

The Education Department engages the general public with the Clark’s collections, exhibitions and grounds through programs that create valuable, meaningful, and even transformative experiences. We are dedicated to serving people of all backgrounds and identities and we strive to be responsive and relevant to individual and community needs and interests. The goal of all our programs is to help people realize that engaging with art can enhance their lives.

OUR PROGRAMS

The Clark offers a variety of educational experiences designed to encourage a wide range of audiences to enjoy the Clark’s collections and the visual arts. Check out our calendar of events for a full overview of our programs. 

CLARK CONNECTS activities

Spend time with the Clark from your own home! Browse our selection of Clark collection-based games and activities for all ages! New activities will be added regularly.

Art & Wellness

Engaging with art offers an opportunity to become more aware and appreciative of humanity—our own, each other's and in general. As such, art can serve as a vehicle to help us take care of ourselves. The Clark wellness activities offer different ways of engaging with art that are designed to encourage self-care and a sense of wellbeing.

Adult Group Visits

The Clark welcomes groups for both guided and unguided visits year-round. Groups are required to register ahead of time so we can best accommodate the visit. A special weekday rate of $16 per person is available to groups of 20 or more who book at least two weeks in advance. To arrange for a group engagement, click here

FOR FAMILIES

Visitors can learn more about the Clark and activities designed especially for young visitors on our Families Page, which includes detailed information on family programs. If you have any questions or comments, we’d like to hear from you. You can contact us by email or by calling 413 458 0563.

For Teachers

The Clark offers a variety of free educational programs for all grade levels. Engaging with art encourages close observation, critical and creative thinking, and careful and sensitive conversational skills. Our programs can be tailored to support many different subjects and curriculum areas. Check out our Teacher Resources to bring the Clark into your own classroom.

FOR MUSEUM EDUCATORS

The Clark hosts a periodic colloquium called What We May BeThe purpose of the colloquia series is to give museum educators the time and space to reflect on our practice and explore the evolving nature of the museum education profession during a time of change within museums at large. This program is well suited for the Clark Art Institute with its dual mission as both a research institute and as a museum. Please enjoy this free downloadable publication from the first colloquium titled, What We May Be: Art Museums and the Implications of Special Programs.

If you would like to attend a future What We May Be, please contact the education department at [email protected].

join our community of learners & teachers: BECOME A CLARK DOCENT

Help share your love for learning and art by working with the Clark education team as a volunteer educator. Clark docents engage student and adult visitors with our collection and special exhibitions and support other education programs. Educational sessions include presentations, discussions, and group work, while special outings and events for docents support the rigorous commitment, care, and passion this program demands. The docent program dovetails with the academic calendar, but opportunities to support the education team exist year-round. Please contact [email protected] to express interest and request information.