Cultural Passport

Secondary Experiences

Visual Arts

A Visual Arts Class Pass will enable students to visit an art museum through Miami-Dade County Public Schools' Cultural Passport program. Availability is very limited, so review the options below and click the Application link on the menu on the right to apply.

Educators understand the importance of providing enough background knowledge to ensure students can fully participate and engage in all that an experience has to offer. This webpage is designed to familiarize you with the selected museums and give you access to curriculum to guide your instruction as you prepare students for the experience. The links listed immediately below have general content for your grade level. Site specific curriculum may be linked within the detailed descriptions below.

Curriculum Resources

For All Visual Arts:

 

Sites

Bass Museum of Art

2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year

Curriculum
Pre and Post resources will be provided once your tour is booked.

Tours
Our award-winning IDEAS methodology serves as the base for all education programs and offerings throughout the museum. Developed in conjunction with Stanford University’s acclaimed Institute of Design, the IDEAS program uses design thinking, an open-ended method of problem-solving that allows participants to brainstorm and engage multi-disciplinarily, while learning about the museum’s collection and contemporary art exhibits. This method of engagement spans South Florida’s diverse population and inspires lifelong learning through a dynamic array of offerings for youth, families and adults.

Students will explore various aspects of the permanent collection and contemporary exhibitions through an interactive guided tour. Trained educators facilitate engaging discussions and activities involving reading, writing, drawing, or role playing in response to works on view. Following the museum tour, students participate in a related hands-on art project to be taken home at the end of the experience. Teachers and students are encouraged to bring their lunches to eat in Collins Park, or reserve one of our appropriate museum spaces free of charge. Online pre and post lessons for use by the teacher in the classroom are also included. Duration: 2 hours

Additional art experiences where The Bass brings the museum to your classroom may also be booked!  For more information, contact mcorbalan@thebass.org. You may visit our website prior to your museum visit in order to introduce concepts that are directly aligned with Florida Standards.

About the Site
The Bass is Miami Beach’s contemporary art museum. Focusing on exhibitions of international contemporary art, The Bass presents mid-career and established artists reflecting the spirit and international character of Miami Beach. The Bass seeks to expand the interpretation of contemporary art by incorporating disciplines of contemporary culture, such as design, fashion and architecture, into the exhibition program.


Coral Gables Museum

285 Aragon Avenue
Coral Gables, FL 33134

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year

About the Site
The Museum’s mission is to celebrate, investigate and explore the civic arts of architecture and urban and environmental design, including fostering an appreciation for the history, vision, and cultural landscape of Coral Gables; promoting beauty and planning as well as historic and environmental preservation for a broad audience, including children, families, and community members, as well as local, regional, national and international visitors. The museum optimizes its mission by cultivating effective partnerships, and providing programming that includes exhibitions, collections, educational offerings, lectures, tours, publications and special events.


INstitute of Contemporary Art

61 NE 41st Street
Miami, FL 33137

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the year

Curriculum
ICA Miami provides exhibition curriculum throughout the school year. Curriculum is designed to prepare school groups before attending a tour through engaging activities and lesson planning materials. In addition, ICA offers teacher training opportunities that incorporates contemporary art into everyday learning

Tours
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami invites you to a free 90-minute guided educational tour featuring a hands-on activity. Tours are offered at no cost; reservations are required. Miami-Dade schools are welcome to request complimentary bus transportation. Group sizes are limited to 40 participants; schools must provide at least (1) adult chaperone per every (10) students. 

ICA Miami’s Immersive tour program is created to be accessible to K-12 students of all abilities. The tour curriculum is developed to build empathy, critical thinking skills and spark interest in content. Student groups engage in an age appropriate, comprehensive museum experience, which includes curriculum that incorporates Florida state and STEAM standards with hands on activities built around essential questions and themes in the museum’s exhibitions.

About the Site
The Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami (ICA Miami) is dedicated to promoting continuous experimentation in contemporary art, advancing new scholarship, and fostering the exchange of art and ideas throughout the Miami region and internationally. Through an energetic calendar of exhibitions and programs, and its collection, ICA Miami provides an important international platform for the work of local, emerging, and under-recognized artists, and advances the public appreciation and understanding of the most innovative art of our time. The museum is deeply committed to providing open, public access to artistic excellence by offering year-round free admission.


Lowe Art Museum

University of Miami
1301 Stanford Drive
Coral Gables , FL 33124-6310

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the year

Curriculum
Object-Based Learning: History, Culture & Art

About the Site
Bring your students to the Museum with 5000 years of world art. The museum visit will last two hours. Students will explore works of art and participate in small group discussions for an hour with a guide. The tour will be followed by a one hour art activity or an object-based writing exercise. We will allow up to 60 students at one time per visit. Each student will receive a free sticker to take home with them from their visit.

All tours challenge students to engage in a learning experience utilizing critical inquiry, object-based education and visual literacy. The Lowe features Miami's most comprehensive collection of western and non-western art and sits at the heart of the University of Miami. The Lowe has a schedule of rotating exhibitions and 10 permanent galleries. Please visit www.lowemuseum.org for our temporary exhibition schedule.

Students are welcome to bring their lunches and eat on the Lowe’s patio after the tour (weather permitting) or they can purchase food at the UM food court or UM Student Center.


MDC Museum of Art + Design 

Freedom Tower 
600 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami , FL 33132

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year

About the Site
MDC Museum of Art + Design (MOA+D) is Miami Dade College's flagship institution dedicated to the presentation and exhibition of visual art and design, housed within the National Historic Landmark Freedom Tower at Miami Dade College in Downtown Miami. MDC MOA+D provides its patrons and visitors access to unique cultural, historical and educational exhibitions that enrich the greater community while building and preserving an expansive permanent art collection, Freedom Tower archives, and newly established design collection.

The mission of MDC MOA+D is to encourage the appreciation and understanding of visual aesthetics through direct engagement with original works of art and design, and serves as a catalyst for the cultivation of creative dialog and diverse perspectives through the arts. While building and preserving its collections in trust for future generations, the Museum is an accessible educational resource for students and faculty as well as the greater South Florida Community.

MDC MOA+D is one of the most accessible institutions in South Florida with the ability to reach diverse audiences and where encounters with great works of art, design and culture happen around every corner.Support MDC MOA+D and the Historic Freedom Tower by becoming a Member , make a special connection preserving history and help keep the Museum FREE for all visitors.

All guided tours are approximately one hour and include both museum exhibitions and first floor of the Freedom Tower.


National YoungArts Foundation

About the Site
The National YoungArts Foundation identifies and nurtures the most accomplished young artists in the visual, literary, design and performing arts and assists them at critical junctures in their educational and professional development. YoungArts aspires to create a community of alumni that provides a lifetime of encouragement, opportunity and support.

Exhibitions

Fall Alumni Exhibition/Education as the Practice of Freedom
October 15 - December 7, 2018
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
30-35 students per visit

The YoungArts 2018 alumni exhibition Education as the Practice of Freedom envisions education as a conduit for personal freedom. Curated by Jasmine Wahi, the works of art in this exhibition engage contemporary teaching and learning within the current state of socio-political division, fake news and real-time revisionism.

Exhibition/National YoungArts Week
January 15 - February 1, 2019
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
30-35 students per visit

Multi-media works by current YoungArts winners, ages 15-18, communicate the concerns of teenage artists; curated by Rosie Gordon-Wallace, founder and senior curator of Diaspora Vibe Gallery and Diaspora Vibe Cultural Arts Incubator, one of the most talked about art incubator spaces in Miami.

Exhibition/YoungArts Miami
February 26 - April 27, 2019
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
30-35 students per visit

Multi-media works by current YoungArts winners from the southeastern U.S., ages 15-18, communicate the concerns of teenage artists.

Spring Exhibition
May 14 - 31, 2019
National YoungArts Foundation
2100 Biscayne Boulevard
Miami, FL 33137
30-35 students per visit

Photographic works by YoungArts alumni.


Patricia and Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU

10975 SW 17th Street 
Miami , FL 33199

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year.

About the Site
The Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum at FIU, accredited by the American Alliance of Museums, and an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, is recognized for its innovative exhibitions, outstanding lecture series, and unparalleled outreach to South Florida's diverse audiences. 

The Frost Art Museum invites all schools (K-12)  to particiapte in museum guided tours as part of our educational offerings  designed to engage students and teachers to improve visual literacy and critical thinking skills, public speaking, problem solving, team work, also refererred to as the Four C's. 

Our museum experiences for K-12 students focus on STEAM connections and visual arts integration with Language Arts, Math, Social Studies and Science. The Museum offers curricular materials in conjunction with exhibitions for teachers and students.

Students visiting through the Cultural Passport program will participate in a guided tour of the Sculpture Park( weather permitting) or Museum exhibitions or both. The students will engage in facilitated discussions that support Florida  State Standards and National Visual Standards.


The Wolfsonian-FIU

1001 Washington Avenue
Miami Beach , FL 33139

Dates
Tours scheduled throughout the school year

About the Site
The Wolfsonian-FIU, a museum of art and design located in Miami Beach, welcomes Cultural Passport program participants. Secondary students (grades 6-12) participating in learning expeditions at The Wolfsonian will engage in object-based discussions that build student visual literacy skills, awareness of the active role of design in our daily lives, and the historical impact of art and design during the period of 1850-1945. Through facilitated discussion by museum educators, students and teachers can explore a variety of  themes such as the evolution of style, the power of political propaganda, or the progress of communication. Each theme focuses on a few select objects which highlight historical currents and design trends prevalent in our collection (such as the emergence of advertising and war propaganda, the New Deal Era, the World’s Fairs, mass production and mass transportation, the role of technology in modernity, and more), as well as think about the world of designers, inventors, and even future careers. Tours can be tailored to complement specific course content depending on grade level when planned in advance with a museum educator. Tours may also include a visit to The Wolfsonian Library, if class size allows.


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