We feel strongly that of our several core constituencies, none is more important than children and their families. And, in these times, children and their families need art to be more than an attractive object to be observed they need art to be a catalyst for learning and connectivity. Art can help children communicate, expand their understanding of the world around them, and enhance their problem solving skills. Art can also be used as a powerful educational tool utilizing visual learning strategies to help teach everything from algebra to the social sciences.


The FWMoA School Tour program highlights and educates students in all grade levels using the artwork on display in our galleries.  This program continues to be the cornerstone of our service to students.   Student groups and their teachers are guided through the galleries on customized tours that correlate with Indiana curricular standards developed by our Education Team and delivered by highly trained docent educators to 8,000 students each year.

Each tour consists of two elements: orientation, which teaches the vocabulary, concepts, and share expectations for what's about to be seen in the galleries, and a guided, interactive tour through the gallery space.   All tours are scripted and docent led to ensure they meet Indiana Academic Standards and use cross-curricular teaching methods.

Schedule A Tour

In an effort to ease the scheduling process, please contact  Alyssa Dumire  to schedule a school tour or  click here to fill out our online application.  Once we receive your request and check our schedule for availability, we will contact you via your preferred method of contact to confirm your request.  

School tours are scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  To increase the possibility of getting the date and time you want, please schedule as soon as possible.  When scheduling we ask you do so at least 2-3 weeks prior to your desired tour date and time.  

For answers to questions you do not find here, contact Alyssa Dumire, Children's Education Associate, at (260) 422-6467 or  alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org.    


Gallery on Wheels is a unique outreach program which brings original and reproduced art into the classrooms of Northeast Indiana. The exhibits, each with a different focus, provide relevant, topic based visuals that enhance classroom curriculum.

In a time of shrinking education budgets, Gallery on Wheels provides a way for students to interact with and learn from art, and it is often a student's first experience of original art and their first connection to the Museum.  All collections and presentations adhere to Indiana Academic and Common Core Standards, with connections made to art, social studies, and science.  Students learn about the makers of the artwork - their motivations, struggles, and their search for creative solutions to the challenges they faced seeking success. For teachers, the Gallery on Wheels experience augments their ongoing effort to provide students with a holistic education. 

Gallery on Wheels is an Outreach Program that offers curated content designed to foster cross-curricular discussions and hands-on activities in the classroom.  These collections are created and presented by the Fort Wayne Museum of Art Education Department and can be tailored to fit your needs.  

Thanks to generous support from donors and private foundations, Gallery on Wheels is a free resource for schools, teachers, and students in Northeast Indiana.

Schedule Gallery on Wheels

Gallery on Wheels is scheduled on a first come, first served basis.  Begin the scheduling process by accessing the form below. To increase the possibility of getting the date and time you want, please schedule as soon as possible.  When scheduling we ask you do so at least 2-3 weeks prior to your desired tour date and time. 

Begin the Gallery on Wheels scheduling process 


Early Learning at FWMoA


The Early Learning Center
Visual literacy at any age is key to thriving in our society, and in the earliest stages of life, the importance of developing visual literacy directly relates to the primal need for self-expression. As language skills develop, so too does the impulse to express and relate to the world around each child.

For these reasons, the FWMoA Education Department has recently opened the first art-focused Early Learning Center designed around the stages of childhood development in a fun, interactive, and hands-on environment. The Center includes a  Draw area with a Self Identity Gallery, a 20' by 8' whiteboard drawing wall, and a Magnetic Tree Gallery for displaying drawings. A Build  area encourages gross motor skills, a Learn area will utilize age-appropriate digital media showing artists creating work,  and a Read area will promote Visual Literacy and reading. 

The Center will function as a classroom, family activity area, and can be combined with a tour of the museum galleries.

Drawing the Ocean at the FWMoA Early Learning Center from FWMoA Education on Vimeo.

Museums by Mail
Museums by Mail, a unique classroom exhibit conveniently transportable and accessible to educators, have been specifically redesigned with Early Learners and their caregivers in mind. Each exhibit can be checked out by Educators for up to 3 weeks.  Exhibits are complete with didactic labels, discussion points and five to twelve mounted and sealed prints.  The exhibits are designed to be additions to the classroom to create new and dynamic talking points and projects. Contact Alyssa Dumire at alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org  to learn more.



Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition 2017
February 12 - April 9, 2017

The Fort Wayne Museum of Art Scholastic Art and Writing Awards competition continues to gain momentum.  The FWMoA Program is one of only 26 Scholastic Programs in the country to offer the full Art and Writing Program and our region has grown to include 52 counties in Indiana and Ohio.  Year after year, the winning students in our program go on to win numerous national awards.  In the process of receiving national recognition, our young artists join the ranks of many celebrated American artists and writers which includes luminaries such as Richard Avedon, Andy Warhol, Bernard Malamud, Robert Redford, Sylvia Plath, Joyce Carol Oates, Luis Jimenez, and Truman Capote, among others.

In 2013, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art was awarded the Gold Key for Excellence in the Field by the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers. This annual award is given to only one organization that demonstrates extraordinary dedication to providing opportunities to creative young people; perseveres through challenges over time; and expands the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards program to reach more participants, among other program attributes.

The Alliance selected the Fort Wayne Museum of Art because of its dedication to expanding access to the Awards throughout Northeast Indiana and Northwest Ohio, implementing innovative solutions to reach students in rural areas, and initiating program enhancements to further strengthen the abilities of participating students and teachers. Executive Director of the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers Virginia McEnerney said, "It is clear that the Fort Wayne Museum of Art values deeply the students and teachers it serves and consistently strives to offer more opportunities and enhance their experience of the awards."

How to Participate
Stay tuned to the Alliance for Young Artists and Writers website throughout the year to sharpen your skills and stay in the know on exciting opportunities to stay involved. 
Registration for the 2017 Awards will open September 14 at this website.  Contact Alyssa Dumire at alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org  to learn more.

Important Dates in 2017
January 11: Deadline to enter art and writing online
January 12: All entries must be received by the FWMoA
January 14: Judging begins 
January 17: Regional awards (Gold and Silver Keys and Merit Awards) announced
January 22: All artwork received at FWMoA by 5pm
February 12: Exhibition opens at FWMoA, Awards ceremony at Grand Wayne Center
February 27-March 3: Scholastic Exhibition Closed to the public for FWMoA fundraiser
April 9: Exhibition closes at FWMoA
April 10-15: Artwork pickup at FWMoA

The 2015 National Award Winners
We are pleased to announce the 2015 winners receiving National Awards from the Scholastic Art and Writing Awards program. This number of national medal winners position the Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio region as one of the Top 5 regions in the country. 

Art

Paige O'Brien, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Ronald Archuletta, Bishop Luers High School Gold Key | Gold Medal

Scott Jones, Bryan High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal with Distinction

Sophia Ahmad, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Grace Bechdol, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Herman DeJong, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Cierra Alonzo, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Anna Anderson, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal (3)

Hannah Engelsrud, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold and Silver Medal

Keelan Koehne, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Audrey Ottenweller, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Paige Robertson, Carroll High School, Gold Key, American Visions Nominee | American Visions Medal

Haley Schrock, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Taylor Terrell, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold and Silver Medal

Shelby Thomas, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Brenna Liddell, Dekalb High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Carolyn Frey, Maple Creek Middle School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Christian Stout, Northrop High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Caitlyn Hopper, Peru High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Avery Jackson, Peru High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Mallory Emley, Riverview Middle, School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Timothy Heyward, Shawnee High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Madelyn Foutz, Whitko High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Madelyn Foutz, Whitko High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Hannah Zitzelberger, Whitmer High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Writing

Hannah Babcock, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Luke Brown, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Santana Gomez, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Gabrielle Hamilton, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Claire Rorick, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Caroline Tsai, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Gold Medal (2) and Silver Medal (3)

Ava Vanhelfteren, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Sally Witwer, Canterbury School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Anna Anderson, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Noah Mains, Carroll High School, Gold Key, American Voices Nominee | Silver Medal

Noah Mains, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Noah Mains, Carroll High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Bailee Allen, Delta High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Anna Groover, Delta High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Sommer Wallace, Delta High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Lexi Gremp, Hanover Central High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Christina Jesse, Homestead Senior High School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Kim Fulmer, Penn High School, Gold Key | Silver Medal

Kaveh Jalinous, Saint Joseph Grade School, Gold Key | Gold Medal

Jordan Mayer, Saint Joseph High School, Gold Key, American Voices Nominee | American Voices Medal

Scholastic 2014 Gold Key Winners Photo Gallery



click to view

The Hope Gap Project is an innovative program developed in 2014 by the Ft. Wayne Museum of Art that engages Scholastic Art & Writing Awards alumni from diverse backgrounds to inspire and motivate youth in the Northeast Indiana/Northwest Ohio Region.  Through online webinar technology, the Hope Gap Project includes a series of virtual classroom lectures featuring successful alumni artists who share the challenges they faced in their artistic journeys and encourage youth facing similar challenges.

Having completed its pilot year, the Hope Gap Project was extremely successful.  Columbia-born, Brooklyn-based alum Antonio Pulgarin spoke virtually to students at  high schools in Ft. Wayne, Indiana.  Antonio shared his story of being raised in the New York City projects, along with a message of hope: "... do not disregard your voice. I thought my voice didn't matter, and I was completely wrong."  Antonio encouraged students to submit to the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards even if they doubted their talent.  

Inspired by this message, more students from participating Fort Wayne schools submitted to the 2015 Scholastic Awards than in years past.  High school student Cheney Rose, in particular, received twelve regional awards and a full ride college scholarship - a dream she didn't believe was possible before participating in the Hope Gap Project.  One of Cheney's award-winning works is on display in an exhibit in Washington, D.C, as well as a video describing the Hope Gap Project and her experiences with the program.  

In September 2015, the Fort Wayne Museum of Art was honored in Washington, D.C. at the Department of Education. Watch the full video of our recognition:

Department of Education Honors the Fort Wayne Museum of Art  from FWMoA Education on Vimeo.


The FWMoA Art Club is a group of teens who want to think bigger and bolder through their ideas about art and creativity by being part of a community of highly talented and motivated teens from across our region.  

The Art Club uses Group Dynamics, which allows the students to share their deep interest for the arts with like minds, use each other as a resource for brainstorming ways to improve their work, and it also raises the expectation of every student's capabilities. The Fort Wayne Museum of Art leads the group by exposing students to contemporary art, presenting sketchbook assignments, and giving students feedback on their work, all of which has greatly increased Art Club members' success with not only the National Scholastic program, but also in garnering college scholarships.  

The Art Club is open to any teen Middle or High School student interested in the visual arts. The Club meets monthly while school is in session.

Visit the Art Club Facebook Page to get connected with the Club.

To join the Art Club, email Alyssa Dumire at alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org

Art Club Meetings and Events
All Art Club meetings and events take place from 5-6:30pm at FWMoA. Participation in the Club is free.

Welcome back to Art Club! This year, we will expand our programs to include virtual meetings with contemporary artists from all over the country working on big-time projects in a variety of industries. We will explore new media, use our meetings to connect with fellow artists, and provide critiques, share stories, and different perspectives.

Join the 2016-17 Teen Leadership Council
The Art Club will include a group of motivated students that will make up the Teen Leadership Council. Contact Alyssa Dumire at alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org  to learn more about this leadership opportunity.

Thursday, September 22 - Welcome Back!
Get to know the members of the Art Club/Teen Leadership Council, and discuss plans and opportunities for the year. Bring ideas to share with the Club. We will look at and discuss new contemporary art from around the country.

October 20 - Virtual Date with Scholastic Alumni
A former FWMoA Scholastic superstar will be on hand to discuss their creative life after high school, tips for staying focused during projects, building a social network to promote your work, and ideas to compete with the best in the Scholastic Program. 

November 17 - Procrastinators Unite!
We'll focus (for once) on last minute ideas for your work, ways to polish your work with limited time, and ways to improve common time-wasting tendencies.

Arts Elevated  is an Educational Blog focused on highlighting careers from the diverse world of the Visual Arts. The blog features interviews by both national renowned artists and talented regional artists who have carved their own niche in the visual arts world.   These interviews explore each artist's beginnings, current work, process and both past and present influences.

FWMoA's PreK-12 programming includes gallery tours to 6,000 kids in all grade levels each year. Children from all parts of Allen County and Northeast Indiana visit the Museum for the interactive experience of a gallery tour, many of them visiting a museum for the first time.

We rely on trained tour guides, called docents, to serve our youngest visitors. Docents are enthusiastic art lovers who wish to share the fun and educational value of learning with visual art to children of all ages who may or may not benefit from arts curriculum in the classroom.  

Docents are extremely valuable to the FWMoA mission of educating our community through visual art to add value to their lives, but you don't need to have an advanced degree to join this team of museum volunteers. To become a docent, consider the following before contacting us:

  • Docents must stand and walk for the duration of a 45-60 minute tour
  • Docents must be able to project their voice and be comfortable in a public speaking situation
  • Docents must have the desire to work and communicate with children of all ages
  • Docents must have a love of art and education
  • Docent training and continuing education is every other Monday morning from September-May. Scripts for tours are provided.
  • Tours generally are scheduled Tuesday-Friday 9:30-2:00pm.

Ready to learn more? Contact Alyssa Dumire, Children's Education Associate at  alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org    or call 260.422.6467.

311 E Main Street
Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Administrative Office Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30am-5pm
P: (260) 422-6467
F: (260) 422-1374