Education


Art Is for Everyone

The MFAH is founded on one simple belief: Art is for everyone. The mission of the education department is to offer programs, tours, resources, and materials that teach and engage adults, children, educators, and students in the world of art. The goal is to create experiences that embrace the importance of art and the Museum; to position art and the Museum as a meaningful part of a well-rounded life; and to work with partners who support the community through shared values and interests.


History

Since 1900, when the MFAH opened as an art education project in the public schools, the institution has maintained its mission of bringing art to people wherever they live, play, and learn. This commitment has established the MFAH as A Place for All People, an initiative that began in the 1990s with the support of the Wallace Foundation. Contact outreach@mfah.org to learn more.


Kinder Foundation Education Center

The Kinder Foundation Education Center (KFEC)  is the central source of information on art for visitors of all ages at MFAH. A physical space within the MFAH campus, a hub of resources and materials, and curriculum support for educators, KFEC is the heart of the education department and the driving force that helps the museum achieve its mission of being A Place for All People.

 


Programs for Adults

The Museum offers a wide range of lectures, guided tours, gallery talks, concerts, readings, performances, book club meetings, and symposia throughout the year. Learn more


Programs for Families

The MFAH is a place for families, featuring a variety of dynamic programs free with Museum admission. Visit the Families section for a look at all the offerings for adults and kids, including art workshops, family days, homeschool programs, drop-in gallery activities, and Glassell Junior School art classes. You'll find printable activities and handy tips for visiting, too!


Programs for Educators and School Groups

Make the Museum your classroom with a free visit to the MFAH, and expand your professional development with a selection of teacher workshops. Looking at, thinking about, and sharing ideas on art support personal growth and reinforce cognitive skills needed for success in all subject areas. Learn more about MFAH resources, activities, and workshops for teachers and students of all ages.


Programs for Colleges & Universities

Read more about our offerings college students and instructors, including guided tours, internship opportunities, and educational resources.


Programs for Visitors with Disabilities

The MFAH is a place for all people and strives to accommodate every visitor. We offer programs for blind or partially sighted visitors and those with alzheimer's or dementia as well as assistance for deaf or hard-of-hearing guests and those with limited mobility. Learn more about how we can assist you on your visit.


Join the Patron Group: Family Circle

The Family Circle is a group for families who want to foster a long-term appreciation of the visual arts in their children while supporting the MFAH. The museum hosts four events per year exclusively for Family Circle members: three programs that focus on the MFAH permanent collections and touring exhibitions, and one major benefit staged throughout the museum. Family Circle members have the opportunity to take exclusive behind-the-scenes tours designed to give children a personalized and interactive introduction to the world of art; attend seminars that share strategies for enhancing children’s visits to the museum; and participate in other fun programs that encourage a lifelong interest in the visual arts. Annual dues: $950 (includes a Family-level membership to the MFAH)


Education Programs receive generous funding from:

The Kinder Foundation; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; ExxonMobil;
the Favrot Fund; Occidental Petroleum Corporation; the National Museum of Korea; Mr. William J. Hill;
the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation; Susanne M. and Melbern G. Glasscock;
Houston Junior Woman’s Club; The Brown Foundation, Inc.; The Crain Foundation; TMK IPSCO;
Aggie and Joe Foster; Cameron International Corporation; the Sterling-Turner Foundation;
The Susan Vaughan Foundation; the JPMorgan Chase Foundation; Houston Public Media;
the Ralph H. and Ruth J. McCullough Foundation; the William A. and Madeline W. Smith Foundation;
The Joe Barnhart Foundation; Texas Commission on the Arts; the CFP Foundation;
Sheila and Steve Miller; Denise Monteleone; The Powell Foundation; Mrs. Nancy Glanville Jewell;
Humanities Texas - a state partner of The National Endowment for the Humanities; Air Liquide USA LLC;
The Claire and Theodore Morse Foundation; Bobbie and John Nau; The Summerlee Foundation;
the Junior League of Houston, Inc.; Marilyn Lummis; Toni Wallingford; Tara and S. Stacy Eastland;
Susan and Will Penland; Polly and Murry Bowden; Nancy and James Gordon;
the International Fine Print Dealers Association Foundation; the Lubrizol Foundation;
Mr. Joseph Pearson; and Texas Historical Foundation.

All education programs at the Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, receive endowment income from funds provided by:

Caroline Wiess Law
The National Endowment for the Humanities
The William Randolph Hearst Foundation
The Fondren Foundation
BMC Software, Inc.
The Wallace Foundation
The Louise Jarrett Moran Bequest
The Neal Myers and Ken Black Children’s Art Fund
The Favrot Fund
Gifts in honor of Beth Schneider