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Tours

UMOCA offers tours for K-12 students that provide an introduction to contemporary art and dynamic conversations in the gallery.

Hands-on art-making activities can be added to a tour upon request for K-8 students. Tours are led by a professional educator and designed to connect with a broad array of core curricular subjects. If you’re interested in emphasizing a particular area of curriculum, please specify when booking.

Tours are free but must be scheduled two weeks in advance and are limited to a maximum of 60 people. We require that you provide one adult chaperone for every 10 students.

For further information, contact Golda Dopp Ovalles at 801-328-4201 x122 or golda.ovalles@utahmoca.org

Sense/Ability tours

Created in collaboration with Easy to Love, Hard to Raise—a parents’ support group for children with special needs—Sense/Ability aims to foster an accepting and understanding museum environment, in which sensory-sensitive children and their families will feel comfortable and included.

Each tour will be led by a trained art educator and will take place before the museum is open to the public. Educators will tailor each tour and activity to the mood of the group to create a comfortable and safe space. Sounds will be reduced, and the museum will designate a “cool down” area in case a child feels overwhelmed.

The free tours embrace a youthful perspective on the exhibitions currently in UMOCA’s six gallery spaces. The ideas that are expressed through the art will be simplified and edited by our educators in a way that that can be grasped and recreated in a specially tailored children’s art-making activity following each tour.

Sense/Ability tours are available Tuesday through Saturday between 9 – 11 AM. Please contact K–12 Educator, Golda Dopp Ovalles at 801-328-4201 x122 or golda.ovalles@utahmoca.org to schedule.

Stroller Tours

These tours offer parents, guardians and caregivers an opportunity to experience the museum’s current exhibits with their young children in tow beginning before the doors open to the public.

Stroller Tours are designed to ease concerns associated with talkative children and crying babies by providing an exclusive time for museum exploration and tailored, grown-up discussions free of pressure. These interactive tours will refresh your spirit and expand your mind.

Please remember, touching the art is not allowed. We recommend toddlers remain in their strollers.
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Tours are offered Please email our K–12 Educator, Golda Dopp Ovalles at golda.ovalles@utahmoca.org with subject line “Stroller Tour.” Include three dates that you and your littles can attend.

Art Truck

The only traveling educational art exhibit of its kind in Utah, the UMOCA Art Truck brings exciting and accessible contemporary art, created by leading local and national artists, directly to schools and community venues across the state free of charge.

Each on-site visit by the Art Truck includes the expertise of a trained museum art educator who leads students through a meaningful exploration of the current exhibition. Teachers are provided with structured lesson plans to supplement their tour and incorporate the Art Truck more deeply into their curriculum.

The Art Truck is available free-of-charge for a wide variety of educational and charitable purposes. For more information contact Golda Dopp Ovalles at golda.ovalles@utahmoca.org or call 801-328-4201 x122.

Educator Resources

UMOCA’s education programs invite curiosity and offer opportunities to engage not only in hands-on art-making activities, but also in an exploration of the role of art in our lives and our community.

Compiled below are links to a number of our educational activities for your use. We would love for you to share photos of completed projects either on social media or by email. Please be sure to tag UMOCA if you post them on social media. @utahmoca #utahmoca #umoca #arteveryday

For questions or to email photos, contact Golda Dopp Ovalles at umocaeducation@gmail.com.

Mindfulness with UMOCA

The following videos and written material are part of our Mindfulness series–A gift to all, especially our educators, during these stressful and challenging times. UMOCA applauds your hard work, ingenuity, and commitment to your students. We recognize the adaptations and sacrifices you are making this year. This series is your personal reminder to slow down and take care of yourself–mind, body, and spirit. By practicing mindfulness, we unlock our creative and imaginative potential, which your students need from you.

Our Creative Community

This April, we are honored to join our friends at Emerald Project to recognize and support our Muslim community members during Ramadan, the sacred month-long fast of Islam.

Our Creative Community: Art for the Month of Ramadan is a free resource for everyone, especially educators, to increase creativity, collaboration, and understanding in and out of the classroom. The four-week mini arts curriculum includes explanatory and instructional videos, a vocabulary list, and an associated art project.

Freedom of worship has long been a key pillar in our state and we are grateful for the power of art in strengthening our diverse community.

Evening for Educators

Organized by the Springville Museum of Art, the Evenings for Educators series is one of the longest-running programs of the StateWide Art Partnership (SWAP). These events are held on average once a month during the academic year at locations across the state of Utah. Held virtually Tuesday, February 8, 2022.

Out Loud

Out Loud is an artistic platform for young LGBTQIA+ voices.

Through a 12-week workshop series, participants learn from visiting artistics, explore new art techniques and mediums, and development their artistic voice. The program culminates in a museum exhibition of their work, and is a celebration of our queer community members. The program provides a safe space for interactions with peers, mentors and the greater community, helping students build positive social connections and share their experiences with others.
There is no charge for accepted students to participate but space is limited. For more information, contact umocaeducation@gmail.com or call 801-328-4201 x122.

Application Deadline: Dec 20, 2021

Schedule:

Participants meet every Thursday beginning January 13 and concluding April 1.

Artists-in-Training

Join the Utah Museum of Contemporary Art for a unique opportunity to hone your artistry behind the scenes as an Artist-in-Training. Explore arts techniques and mediums, visit artist studios, learn about contemporary art, and make messes and mistakes along the way! At the end of the week, you’ll showcase your work in a special exhibit at the Museum! This experience will guide you as you dive into the creative process, develop your personal artistic voice, and stay true to your imagination.

Sessions

June 13-June 17 (Age 9-11)
June 20-June 24 (Age 12-14)
July 25-July 29 (Age 12-14)
August 1-August 5 (Age 9-11)

M T W Th F
9:00 am—3:00 pm

Tuition
$245.00 + $50.00 Studio Fee = $295.00

*Sessions of the same age categories differ slightly but follow the same general theme and curriculum.

Family Art Saturday

UMOCA invites children of all ages and their families to discover our changing exhibitions and participate together in hands-on art making activities led by a trained educator. Each activity connects to a brand new idea, medium or theme explored by an artist currently exhibited in the museum. Projects are suitable from toddler to tween in a wide range of abilities.