Stanley School Programs

The staff of the Stanley's Education Department and volunteer docents lead interactive presentations of original works of art in K–12 classrooms throughout Iowa. With funding from the Stanley Education Partners, the museum’s Education Department purchased artworks specifically for exemplary, object-based learning during art, social studies, and language arts classes. Students can examine closely—and even handle—many of the objects. Presentations usually last fifty minutes.

A true statewide collaboration, Stanley School Programs have consistent, dedicated audiences, not only in elementary and secondary classrooms, but in other venues. Developed specifically to integrate artworks into the core curriculum of Iowa’s K–12 students, the component presentations are in accord with the State of Iowa Curriculum Guidelines, as well as standards set by the National Art Education Association and the National Council for Social Studies. Since the Stanley Education Department began outreach to schools and communities around Iowa in 2008 we have served over 150,000 students, teachers, and community members in some 20 counties across the state.


Generously sponsored by Stanley Education Partners, US Bank, Scheels, and a matching gift from an anonymous family foundation