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.

The STEAM Institute at CMA

July 6 – 10 | 8:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Sessions in STEAM education are held for K-12 South Carolina educators with emphasis on how they can bring STEAM into their classrooms. The days consist of morning sessions with lectures and hands-on implementation of concepts learned followed by a lunch break and afternoon sessions that encourage educators to build on what they have learned. This five- day institute aims to make STEAM concepts more accessible to educators. Dr. Mary Lou Hightower of USC Upstate teaches program classes along with a session at Congaree National Park led by CMA and Park educators. Completion of this class earns the participant 3 graduate credits hours from USC Upstate.



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.

Mosaic Teacher Workshop

Annual arts workshop held at at the CMA for teachers k-12. Educators choose from sessions in drama, visual arts, dance, media literacy and music.

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.

Palmetto Heritage

The History of South Carolina

Photography Exhibition

Calling all students in South Carolina schools grades 1st through 12th!

The Columbia Museum of Art is curating a student photography exhibition entitled Palmetto Heritage: The History of South Carolina. The goal of the exhibition is to capture the history of South Carolina by photographing one of the many beautiful places listed on the National Register of Historic Places for South Carolina. The exhibition will be on view in the Columbia Museum of Art Wells Fargo Education Gallery from Tuesday, September 1, 2015 through Wednesday, September 30, 2015. In October 2015, the exhibition travels to Washington, DC, where it will be installed in Senator Lindsay Graham’s Capitol Hill offices. This is the sixth year the CMA has taken a student photography exhibition to Capitol Hill. The exhibition will be on view for approximately one year and seen by over 7000 people.

Help us celebrate! A Send-Off Reception for all student artists in the exhibition, their families, and teachers will be held on Sunday, September 27, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. until 5:00 the Columbia Museum of Art. The first, second, and third places winners will also be announced during the program.

Download the entry form and instructions here.



CMA Scholarships are awarded based on financial need. Scholarships are available to children ages 4 to 18 residing within the state of South Carolina. This scholarship will allow youth to attend workshops and camps at the Columbia Museum of Art.

Download the application

CMA Education Department & Common Core

It is our goal to illustrate how the dynamic tours and programming offered at Columbia Museum of Art will help you and your students actualize the skillsets which are the intended learning outcomes of the Common Core Standards.

More info about Common Core Standards

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. Included in the kit are images from and educational materials based on selected exhibitions.

Example Teaching Kit
  • Roberts

    Our Time, Our Place: Photographs of the Black South by Richard Samuel Roberts

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  • Roberts

    Alchemy of Art

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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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Click here to download a pdf outlining all of our programs for educators.