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.
The Clark offers a full series of educational opportunities for the public designed to encourage a wide range of audiences to explore, understand, and enjoy the Clark’s collections and the visual arts.
For COVID-19 safety, we have had to make temporary adjustments to our facilitated programs. This year we are pleased to share a variety of digital activities as well as live digital engagements with our collections and special exhibitions for student and adult groups. We continue to offer our First Sundays Free series (October through May). Please register for a free admissions ticket through the box office by calling 413 458 0570. Make sure to check out our calendar of events for additional programming.
The Clark hosts a periodic colloquium called What We May Be. The 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].
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.
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.
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 lectures, discussions, group work, independent research, and presentations, while special outings and events for docents support the rigorous commitment, care, and passion this program demands. Feedback is provided to enhance individual practice and conformity with the Clark’s engagement approach. 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.