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 Katy Thompson 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 Katy Thompson, Children's Education Associate, at (260) 422-6467 or  katy.thompson@fwmoa.org.   

We are always looking for enthusiastic individuals who are interested in impacting young people through visual art. Docents at FWMoA are volunteers who have strong verbal communication skills and have an ability to relate age-appropriate concepts through FWMoA exhibits. Prior teaching experience not required. See below for more details.

Job Title: Part Time Children's Docent/Tour Guide for Children
Department: Education
Reports to: Children's Education Staff
Summary: Docents are museum volunteers and are essential to educating the public about the diverse exhibitions on display at FWMoA, using the art as a tool to expand the minds of all who listen and learn. Leading engaging tours is a unique opportunity to work with children, heighten your mental engagement, and contribute to your community. All interested individuals will be asked to undergo a background check before joining the docent team. All finalists for this position must successfully pass a criminal background check.
Status: Part time, volunteer.
Job Description  | Call Alyssa Dumire at 260.422.6467, or email alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org  to learn more about this opportunity.

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.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards Exhibition 2021
February 13 - April 10, 2020

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 2021 Awards will open September 1 at this website for art and at this site for writing. Contact Alyssa Dumire at alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org to learn more.

Important Dates for Scholastic 2021

September 1, 2020: Registration Opens at artandwriting.org
January 5, 2021, 11:59 pm: Deadline to enter art and writing online
January 6: All forms and fees must be received
January 8: Judging begins
January 11: Regional Art Awards Announced
January 18: Regional Writing Awards Announced
January 20: All artwork received by FWMoA by 6 pm (Museum is closed Jan. 18)
February 13: Exhibition opens at FWMoA
Weekend of February 13-14: Regional Awards Ceremony (details TBA)
TBA, March: National Awards Celebration
TBA, March: National Awards Announced
April 10: Final day to visit exhibition at FWMoA
April 11: Exhibition tear-down day, exhibit closed to the public.
April 12-19: Artwork pickup at FWMoA

202 Art Award Recipients  2021 Writing Award Recipients   

The 2020 American Voice Recipients
Annabeth Bretz, St. Joseph’s High School
Elena Chen, Homestead High School
Taylor Huffman, RJ Baskett Middle School
Elizabeth Newsom, St. Ursula Academy
Nathan Phuong, Homestead High School

The 2020 American Vision Recipients
Jocelyn Cooley, Carroll High School
Maddy Harp, Peru High School
Phobos Hoang, Canterbury High School
Jessica Keeler, Northrop High School
Josephine Storey, Maple Creek Middle School

The 2020 National Award Recipients 
Jocelyn Cooley, What to Name the Black American..., Photography, Carroll High School - Gold Medal, American Visions Medal
Elena Chen, Immigration as Tea-Making Instructions, Personal Essay & Memoir, Homestead High School - Gold Medal, American Voices Medal

Allison Dew, Far From Home, Short Story, Stanley Clark School - Gold Medal
Sarai Jeronimo, Oblivion, Photography, Concordia Lutheran High School - Gold Medal
Caiden Lambert-Lyons, Morning Paper, Drawing & Illustration, and Storm Shoe, Fashion, Maumee Valley Country Day School - 2 Gold Medals
Martin Mbuguah, a marriage with evil, Painting, and a world of common blood, Painting, South Side High School - 2 Gold Medals
Rachel Miller, Joyful Mysteries, Drawing & Illustration, Notre Dame Academy - Gold Medal
Jenna Moor, Freeze, Photography, South Side High School - Gold Medal
Elizabeth Newsom, The Boy Behind The Blue Mirror, Short Story - Gold Medal
Sierra Rish, Uncovering Overlay, Painting, Mississinewa High School - Gold Medal
Kai Spencer, The Flame, Science Fiction and Fantasy, Anthony Wayne Jr High School - Gold Medal


Jocelyn Cooley, Melanocytes, Art Portfolio, Carroll High School - Silver Medal with Distinction

Kylie Barcelona, Living in Daze, Photography, Carroll High School - Silver Medal
Kamon Blong, Canyon, Ceramics & Glass, Peru High School - Silver Medal
Sarah Brightman, Flyod, Printmaking, Bryan Middle-High School - Silver Medal
Matthew Coffee, Urban Confinement, Painting, Bishop Luers High School - Silver Medal
Jocelyn Cooley, Can Still See Strength, Photography, Carroll High School - Silver Medal
Galeena Gephart, The Masc, Drawing & Illustration, Leo Junior Senir High School - Silver Medal
Madalynn Hall, Outspoken, Photography, Peru High School - Silver Medal
Jessica Keeler, It Runs Much Deeper, Painting, Northrop High School - Silver Medal
Sara Lemke, Manipulated, Photography, Carroll High School - Silver Medal
Rebecca Martin, Future Focused, Drawing & Illustration, Notre Dame Academy - Silver Medal
Martin Mbuguah, the erasement, Drawing & Illustration, South Side High School - Silver Medal
Emma Meyers, Loose, Photography, Carroll High School - Silver Medal
Jack Schuhmacher, Daydreamin', Sculpture, Bishop Dwenger High School - Silver Medal
Mary Bernardy, The Silent Spector, Short Story, St. Joseph Grade School - Silver Medal
Annabeth Bretz, yellow paint, Poetry, St. Joseph's High School - Silver Medal
Nora Brown, Eye Can't Read, Personal Essay & Memoir, Stanley Clark School - Silver Medal
Brendan Gonzales, The Bottom Line, Science Fiction & Fantasy, St. Joseph's High School - Silver Medal
Ethan Horvath, Where I'm From, Poetry, St. Joseph's High School - Silver Medal
Nina Ijomanta, "Whereof one cannot speak, thereof must one remain silent” -- Ludwig Wittgenstein, Personal Essay & Memoir, Canterbury High School - Silver Medal
Elizabeth Newsom, To The Girls, Poetry, St. Ursula Academy - Silver Medal
Kiarra Pranger, Rainbow Girl and Bruised Fists, Poetry, John Glenn High School - 2 Silver Medals
Mary Cate Pruitt, We're All Alone In the Darkness, Personal Essay & Memoir, St. Joseph's High School - Silver Medal
Annabelle Stremme, Mirror, Dramatic Script, John Glenn High School - Silver Medal

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 + Writing Club is back to gather teen creatives from around the community to share ideas and make masterpieces. Middle and high school students ages 13 and up from any school are welcome to join. Please fill out the form here to sign up, as attendance will be capped at 15 to allow for social distancing.

This year, we will explore a variety of topics while keeping a safe, clean environment for everyone! We will try new mediums, critique work to get constructive feedback, and show our individual voices through artwork and writing prompts. Art + Writing Club is planned collaboratively between museum staff and our teen intern, with input from club members.

This is a free opportunity for like-minded creatives to meet and share ideas while maintaining social distance. Monthly meetings will be held in the FWMoA Lincoln Auditorium from 5-6:30 pm.

2020 Meeting Dates (subject to change or become virtual due to COVID)

October 15 l November 19 l February 25 l March 25 l April 22 l May 20  

November 19 Art + Writing Club cancelled on November 17, 2020. 

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

Join the 2020-2021 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.

ARTICULATE tells the diverse stories of the Fort Wayne Museum of Art through in-depth written observations and reflections of its collections, exhibitions, programs, and staff to make new connections with our audiences with this far-reaching technology.

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, Director of Children's Education at  alyssa.dumire@fwmoa.org   or call 260.422.6467.

Ready to apply? Fill out and return this form to Alyssa Dumire at the address above.

The documents available for download here are designed to help educators and their students make the most of FWMoA as a resource. Exhibition resources are designed to be flexible—use them to extend learning before or after a visit to the museum, or to experience the artwork in your classroom if you’re unable to bring a field trip.

Check back frequently as we continue to expand our offerings!

Exhibition Resources

Exhibition Resources are expanded versions of the “scripts” our docents use to guide learning at the museum and may be used for self-guided tours of the museum. If you’re bringing your class for a field trip, please email katy.thompson@fwmoa.org to schedule, even if you don’t want a docent-led tour.

Pre-Visit Resources

Know-Before-You-Go Pre-Visit Presentation 

Tour FAQ  

Principal Letter

Virtual Tour Resource 

Winslow Homer: from Poetry to Fiction – The Engraved Works

Script - Powerpoint  

46th International Glass Invitational Award Winners

Script - PowerPoint

Medieval to Metal: The Art and Evolution of the GUITAR


American Quilts from the Collection 


Day of the Dead


Reclamation: The Art of Lucien Shapiro, Ben Venom, and Ravi Zupa

Script  - Powerpoint 

Full Spectrum: Paintings, Drawings and Prints of Julian Stanczak; Wood and Stone Sculptures of Barbara Stanczak

Script  - Powerpoint  - Lesson Plan  

Coloring pages for everyone to enjoy! Print at home and share your finished piece with us through the hashtag #ColoringFWMoA so we'll be able to see them and share.


Hanna Family 


Make a Quake sculpture 

Join us each month for a special tour of the Museum! Educator-led tours invite close looking, discussion, and interpretation of selected artworks and are a fun and safe way to get your family out of the house together. This program is free with museum admission and pre-registration.

Second Saturday Tours are specifically for PreK-12 students and their adult companions and will be capped at 20 participants to allow for social distancing. Pre-registration is required and all museum visitors over age 8 must wear a face covering.

Tours begin at 10:30 in the FWMoA Atrium and last about an hour.

October 10, 2020 | November 14, 2020 (Cancelled) | December 12, 2020  | 
March 13, 2021 | April 10, 2021 | May 8, 2021 | October 10, 2021 | November 14, 2021 | December 12, 2021 | 
March 13, 2022 | April 10, 2022 | May 8, 2022

Join us each month to experience art from the comfort of your home or classroom! Programs will alternate between a tour of a current exhibition and a theme-based Gallery on Wheels collection. FWMoA educators will engage students in close looking strategies and activities to deepen learning and build skills across subjects. Programs last about 30 minutes with optional art making activities to extend the experience.

Dates for 2020-2021
September 30: Posing Beauty in African American Culture
October 28: Gallery on Wheels - Glass 
November 18: American Impressionism: Treasures from the Daywood Collection 
December 16: Gallery on Wheels  
January 27: Year of Making Meaning 
February 24: Gallery on Wheels 
March 24: 100th Anniversary 
April 28: Gallery on Wheels 
May 26: Personal to Political 

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Fort Wayne, IN 46802
Gallery Hours Tuesday - Saturday: 10am-6pm
Thursday: 10am-8pm
Sunday: 12-5pm
Administrative Office Hours Monday - Friday: 8:30am-5pm
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