In-Museum ArtReach

Boise Art Museum’s
FREE Program – In-Museum ArtReach


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Supported in part by grants from The Hearst Foundations, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, the J.R. Simplot Company, the Gladys E. Langroise Advised Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2023/2024 Art Museum Experiences

Interactive Stations with BAM Educators in the Museum | Student-Centered Discussions
Art-Making Projects in BAM’s Studios | Aligns with State & National Standards

  • Tuesday through Friday
  • 9:30 a.m.| 10:30 a.m. | 11:30 a.m. | 12:30 p.m.
  • Pre-K – 12th Grades
  • 90 Minutes

September 19, 2023 – November 10, 2023
Playful Learning: Minecraft, Kites, and Space
Students will discuss prints, drawings, and installations by artist Jacob Hashimoto, inspired by video games, hand-made kites, and star systems. In the studios, students will create their own abstract artworks. (Relates to math, science, technology, architecture, built environments, shape, color, abstraction, and visual space.)

November 14, 2023 – January 26, 2024
Art and Nature: From Kimono to Shoe Boxes
Students will learn about the textile-dying process, Katazome. Developed in Japan in the 7th century, this art form is used by artist today around world. Students will discuss the use of natural materials, nature motifs, and resist and stencil processes. In the studios, students will create their own prints using nature images. (Relates to world history and the movement of ideas, science, architecture, nature, color, pattern, abstraction, found objects, past and present, traditions, and printmaking.)

January 30, 2024 – March 29, 2024
Myths, Fables, and Fortunes: Art and the Environment
Students will view artworks that explore our ever-evolving connection to the landscape and nature, especially in the American Northwest. Students will discuss both abstract and representational artworks that capture the environment. In the studios, students will create their own artworks inspired by the world around us. (Relates to science, local history and development, nature, abstraction, representation, pattern, texture, and media.)

April 2, 2024 – May 17, 2024
Trailblazers and Innovators: Art and Story
Students will discuss significant American artists of color whose artworks inspire positive societal change, convey new perspectives, and challenge mainstream art trends. Students will view artwork by historical and contemporary artists, including Faith Ringgold and Romare Bearden. In the studios, students will create artwork with a message intended to inspire others. (Relates to American and Northwest history, community, traditions, language arts, reading, writing, and storytelling.)

All programs are accessible and inclusive. Please notify staff of any special needs or concerns when scheduling a program.

Visit Information:

  • An educator facilitated interactive experience, with;
  • Free admission for 15-30 Students (15 Student Minimum, 30 Student Maximum);
  • Free admission for 1 teacher and 4 chaperons;
  • Free Student Return Passes (valid for 1 student and 2 guests);
  • Free Teacher Preview pass to view artwork in advance of visit;
  • Free studio art making activity.

One adult chaperon per 15 students is required. Prepayment is required for any additional adults. At least two weeks’ notice is required for rescheduling or cancellation. Groups canceling after this time will be charged a partial visit cost of $60 per program.

Schedule and Plan

1. Select a Program
Please read the program descriptions carefully and select the program that best fits your curriculum and student interests.

2. Request a visit online » or call to schedule: 208-345-8330 ext. 118
Teachers can view available timeslots and schedule their visit here». Program reservations can be made two weeks prior to the requested visit date. Programs may be scheduled now to take place during the entire 2023-2024 academic year.

At least two weeks’ notice is required for rescheduling or cancellation. Groups canceling after this time will be charged a partial visit cost of $60 per program.

3. Share the Pre-Visit Packet
You will receive a Pre-Visit Art Pack via email at least two weeks prior to your scheduled program for you to share with students. Pre-Visit Art Packs include important information about the program to help prepare your students for their visit to BAM. Current Pre-Visit Art Packs are also available online »

Other Information

Transportation Reimbursement Program
BAM offers a transportation reimbursement program to help schools offset busing costs. Additional Information will be shared in the registration confirmation email.

BAM is located within Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise.  School groups enter and exit the building through the BACK Education Entrance of the Museum facing the Julia Davis Park Rose Garden.

BAM offers paid In-Museum ArtReach options for homeschools for school-age children years 5 and above. Please email for more information.

Unscheduled Visits
To ensure high-quality experiences, unscheduled groups are not admitted to the Museum when their visit conflicts with already-scheduled groups and BAM group policies. If unscheduled groups are allowed to enter based on current visitation, regular Admission fees apply. Classrooms can schedule self-guided visits here » at least two weeks in advance.

Self-Guided Visits
Self-guided school groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance and can be scheduled here »

Self-guided school group visits are limited to a maximum of 15 students per hour and are typically scheduled between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., depending on availability.

Each prescheduled self-guided registration includes:

  • Free Admission for two adult chaperons* (One adult chaperon per 10 students is required.)
  • Free Admission for students (15 student maximum)

Self-guided groups enter through the FRONT entrance of the Museum. Chaperons must always stay with students.

*Payment is required for additional adults.

College Groups
College groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. A partnership with Boise State University provides free individual admission for Boise State University students, faculty, and staff through August 21, 2024 with their valid Boise State identification cards.


Ready to Book?


Register Pre-K – 12th Grades »


Each Reservation Includes:

  • Free admission for up to 30 Students
  • Free admission for 1 teacher and 4 chaperons
  • Free Return Passes for each student (valid for 1 student and 2 guests)
  • An educator facilitated interactive experience and an art making activity


For questions email
or call 208-345-8330 x118

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