For Educators


Teachers participate in a tour
Photo: Don Ross

SFMOMA invites you to explore modern and contemporary art and to use the museum's collections and programs as a foundation for teaching and learning. Our Education Department offers a variety of programs and resources for educators, including professional development workshops and institutes for teachers, online teaching aids, and school programs designed to encourage the exploration of works of art, enhance visual literacy, and foster critical-thinking skills.

"We have the unique capability of bringing world-class contemporary artists to teachers and classrooms. It's proven that arts learning fosters problem solving, critical thinking, and verbal and reading skills. Contemporary arts education is particularly important for schools as it contextualizes the events of the day and offers alternative ways to explore the world," notes Cal Cullen, SFMOMA education associate for school partnerships and projects.

SFMOMA is on the go through early 2016, presenting new art experiences around the Bay Area as we prepare for our expansion. We'll continue to offer special programs and events for educators while our building is transformed.

To register for a specific teacher workshop or institute, please consult the list of upcoming events at the bottom of the Teacher Programs + Events page.

For more information, please contact the Teacher Programs and Resources Office at 415.247.6710 or

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Education programs at SFMOMA are made possible with major support from the Leanne B. Roberts Fund for Education, the Koret Foundation, Bank of America, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Doris Fisher, Deborah and Kenneth Novack, and Target. Generous support is provided by the Carlson Family Foundation, Dana and Bob Emery, and Gap Inc. Additional support is provided by Charles Schwab & Co., Inc.; The McGraw-Hill Companies; McKesson Foundation; The Morrison & Foerster Foundation; Pacific Gas and Electric Company; Susan Swig; and the Hearst Foundation.

Koret Foundation Bank of America Target Wells Fargo Foundation