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Creativity for All

Learning is fun for everyone at the CMA! Our educational programs have been nationally recognized for their excellence. 

Kids—enjoy fun summer campsart classes, and activities at the CMA

Adults—reignite old passions or discover new ones with art classes and talks

Teachers—incorporate the arts into your curriculum with our field trips, workshops, and custom teaching kits.

Who is Gladys?

Gladys the Grasshopper is the mascot for our children's programs. Any place you see her, at the museum or on the website, you'll know that you've stumbled upon something just for kids! Learn more about Gladys and how she was originally discovered by our eagle-eyed young visitors.  

Leading the Charge in STEAM

The CMA is proud to be a state leader in STEAM programming. STEAM stands for Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, and Math. STEAM combines the arts with science and math to create well-rounded students who can think creatively and solve problems.


Today, many businesses report that graduates don’t have the skill sets that employers need. Students need more in-depth knowledge of math and science, plus the ability to integrate creative thinking, in order to succeed. Arts education is a critical component of creativity and innovation, but unfortunately it often gets lost in the curriculum shuffle. STEAM ensures that students have the practical skills and the intellectual creativity they need to succeed in a 21st-century economy.

The CMA offers STEAM training for educators as well as STEAM learning kits that teachers can download and take into the classroom. 

Solar Energy

The Columbia Museum of Art received a grant from US Department of Energy to implement a renewable energy project, so in 2010, we got solar panels! Read more here about solar energy, and visit the museum's Solar Exploration Station to learn even more!