School Programs

CMA field trips engage students with art in the galleries through a discussion-based approach that sparks curiosity, creating a personal connection that helps participants to retain the information. In the last year, the CMA has served nearly 18,000 youth.

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. 

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The CMA received a wonderful five-year grant from Aflac to underwrite K-12 field trips and transportation for Title 1 Schools in South Carolina. Aflac awarded the grant based on the need to reach more at-risk and underserved children through arts education. Learn more here.

Choose a program from those listed below and fill out this form at least three weeks in advance. 

Available School Programs

Seen & Unseen: Photographs by Imogen Cunningham
On View February 2 – April 29, 2018
Pre-Visit Guide
Teachers and school groups should be advised that while there are no images with nudity incorporated in our school tours, there are images of nudity in the Renée Cox and Imogen Cunningham exhibitions. Teachers: If you would like further information or to preview these tours and exhibitions please contact

All Around Town 
Students explore the world of Richard Samuel Roberts, a photographer who worked and lived in Columbia’s rich African-American community in the 1920s and '30s. In the tour, students learn about portraiture, photography, and the era in which Roberts lived while building critical thinking and language skills. Available for grades 1 - 3.
Teaching Kit for Richard Samuel Roberts
All Around Town Pre-Visit Lesson Plans

Lesson Plans

For All Ages

Solar Art
Can't make it to the CMA? In the classroom, students will investigate the use of solar power and the effects of solar power on art. Students will create a design using the sun. This lesson will explain the importance of solar energy as it pertains to art.
Lesson Plans - Elementary School
Lesson Plans - Middle School
Lesson Plans - High School