Evening for Educators

Evening for Educators at the Columbia Museum of Art provides professional development for South Carolina's teachers, school administrators, and curriculum specialists. This quarterly program is designed to give attendees tools to use in the classroom through workshops, interactive discussion panels, and studio project presentations.

FREE registration includes refreshments and other educational resources. Attendees will also receive documentation for Professional Development renewal credit.

Sponsored by Colonial Life.

Teacher Workshops

Designed for small groups, in-depth teacher workshops use the Museum's art collections and exhibitions to introduce new ways of thinking about the curriculum and to show innovative teaching approaches. Each educator receives an illustrated teacher packet and a certificate of participation.

Teacher In-service Workshops

Available year round, school districts are able to book an in-service program for teachers consisting of a gallery talk and studio class. Get details here.

Teaching Kits

Our Teaching Kits reinforce the concepts and curriculum for integrated classroom learning. The kits are designed for K-12 teachers and students across the curriculum, with emphasis on social studies and visual arts. 

Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South

Included in the kit are images from and educational materials based on the exhibition Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts, which depicts the rise of African American middle class across the South during the 1920’s and 1930’s. 
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School Programs

School programs at the Columbia Museum of Art are nationally recognized for their excellence in providing students of all ages state and national standards-based cross-curricular learning experiences. There are a variety of grade appropriate programs from which to choose that encourage learning through interactive activities. Programs for students in grades Pre-K through 12 can also include a meaningful, hands-on art-making experience in the studios.
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Mac Arthur Goodwin Award

Established in 2002, this award honors individuals who foster progress in visual arts education through the successful utilization of community arts resources, such as museums and arts centers within South Carolina.

Mac Arthur Goodwin was a driving force for arts education statewide and nationally. He helped establish the Arts in the Basic Curriculum (ABC) Project. He chaired the South Carolina Art Education Association. He was also a past president of the National Art Education Association. Mac Arthur was proud to acknowledge the hard work of fellow art educators with this award each year. The CMA continues this tradition in his memory.

Nominations should include:

  • Nominator's Statement:  A one- or two-page, typewritten narrative that summarizes the accomplishments of the nominee as they relate to a current program or project.
  • Letters of Recommendation:  Three letters of recommendation must be submitted. Include one letter written by a constituent, such as a parent, guardian, or program participant.
  • A summary vitae/resume for the nominee (limit: 3 pages)

Send nominations to Glenna Barlow at or

Glenna Barlow
Columbia Museum of Art
PO Box 2068
Columbia, SC 29202

The deadline for nominations is November 4, 2018.

Kēva Plank Program

The CMA is offering a Kēva Plank loan program to help educators incorporate STEAM into their classrooms. The loan includes lesson plans and two bags totaling 800 Kēva Planks to be used for a one-week period. Planks will be available for pick-up the Friday before loan week and will be due back the Friday of loan week. Fill out this form to borrow the Kēva Planks.