About Us

VTS is a well-known program developed by Abigail Housen and Philip Yenawine more than twenty years ago, used in museums both locally and internationally, as well as in schools, colleges and universities.  The founders of VTS incorporated Visual Understanding in Education as a non-profit organization in 1995 with a mission to broaden the use of VTS, deepen our research, and increase the understanding of Aesthetic Development.

Today, VTS is one of the most significant art education and critical thinking programs with a national presence. We are a small staff with an active national volunteer board, along with regional VTS boards which support teams of trainers and consultants through out the country and the world.

VTS educators meet regularly through the VTS Partner Network. This network consists of museums and educational leaders that use VTS as part of their museum or school programs.

The work of VTS could not have been accomplished without our philanthropic partners who have generously supported the work of VTS over the last 16 years. Their gifts have sustained the program in their immediate local communities or through the work of the national office.

“I really liked VTS from the first time I saw it. I could see how it translated to text-based literacy skills. Now, I would strongly argue that every kid should get VTS in school. I feel like the process is almost transformational in the way it helps you think and communicate. At first I valued VTS for the way I thought it could help with traditional academic skills. Now that seems secondary to just the foundational way it can shape thinking. Everyone deserves to experience this.” -Clarinda VanDyke, Middle School Language Arts Teacher, Metaline Falls, WA

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Visual Understanding in Education, the creator of Visual Thinking Strategies, is a 501c(3) not-for-profit organization. Your donation is tax-deductible to the fullest extent of the law.

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