VISUAL THINKING STUDIOS

Program Sites

Regional Programs

New York
In Manhattan, the Bronx, Harlem, and Long Island, VTS serves Title 1 schools, dual-language schools, Empowerment schools, and schools whose missions include subordinating teaching to learning, and focusing on language and thinking. Local institutions involved in VTS implementation include: the Roberson Museum and Science Center, the Picker Art Gallery at Colgate University the Nassau County Museum of Art, and the Everson Museum of Art.
Contact Amy Chase Gulden

New Jersey
In West Orange, elementary schools in the district have adopted VTS. Local press has documented the excitement shared by teachers and parents about VTS.
Contact Amy Chase Gulden

Boston, MA
The Boston Superintendent of Public Schools looks forward to bringing VTS to all public school children in her district. Dr. Carol Johnson and our museum colleagues in Boston believe VTS can bring more art and critical thinking to Boston Public School students. Local institutions involved in VTS implementation include: the Gardner Museum, the Museum of Fine Arts, The Davis Museum at Wellesley College, The Fogg Museum at Harvard.
Contact Sarah O'Leary

California
In Northern California, VTS has been implemented in bilingual schools, Dream schools, progressive private schools, in classes for students with special needs, in an art school, and dozens of other elementary schools run by SFBayVTS, with the potential of going district-wide in the next two years. VTS is supported in these schools through school funds, California arts funding, and support from private individuals and foundations. Local institutions involved in VTS implementation include: UCLA's Hammer Museum, the Museum of Photographic Arts, the Asian Art Museum, the Fine Arts museum of San Francisco, the San Francisco Museum of Modern Art, and the Museum of Contemporary Art, Los Angeles.
Contact Oren Slozberg

Pacific Northwest
VTS serves many schools in Seattle and the Pacific Northwest; these include two high schools, one with a large ELL/bilingual population and with the majority of students living in poverty. Other schools include elementary schools in low income areas, schools supported by the Frye Museum of Art, schools with strong PTSA support for VTS, private schools, and K-8 model schools in Portland.  Local institutions involved in VTS implementation include: the Seattle Art Museum, the Henry Art Gallery, and the Museum of Northwest Art.
Contact Yoon Kang-O'Higgins

Memphis, Tennessee
Recently, the staffs of several elementary schools desiring focus on language literacy and critical thinking were trained in VTS. These new partnerships are supported by the Memphis-Brooks Museum of Art.

South Dakota
Smaller schools in the region around Brookings, South Dakota are beginning to use VTS under the guidance of the South Dakota Art Museum. The teachers here are eager to use such an innovative program to support their teaching.

"Our education staff, contract educators, and docents are all trained in VTS, and incorporate VTS in our gallery tours, school programs, and outreach programs."

- Museum Educator

VTS is a strong component of many museum-based education programs, including:
  • Heide Museum of Modern Art  
    Bulleen, Melbourne, Australia  
    Heide's galleries, architecture, sculpture park and gardens occupy a unique position in the cultural history of Australia and development of modern and contemporary Australian art. Heide's trained educators lead VTS tours that can be taken as a one-off museum experience or as part of our multi-visit school partnership. 
  • Ball State University Museum of Art
    Muncie, IN
    The BSUMA will develop and disseminate a third-to-sixth-grade standards-based language arts curriculum using works of art in the museum’s collection using VTS.
  • Brattleboro Museum
    Brattleboro, VT
    Brattleboro Museum & Art Center's education program is centered on VTS, which is used in all school visits and with all ages. The Museum brings changing exhibits of art of our time to its six galleries three times a year.

  • Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco
    San Francisco, CA
    The Fine Arts Museums of San Francisco have rendered a century of public service in the arts, and it is our mission to extend that service into the next century. The FAMSF uses VTS for their 1st-3rd grade tours and the methodology also informs our work with upper grade levels.

  • Memphis Brooks Museum of Art
    Memphis, TN
    The Memphis Brooks Museum of Art is the Mid-South's largest encyclopedic art museum as well as a center for cultural activity for the entire family.  The Museum has piloted a VTS collaboration with three inner city schools, beginning in 2008.

  • Provincetown Art Association and Museum
    Provincetown, MA
    Since 1914, the Provincetown Art Association and Museum (PAAM) has distinguished itself as a vibrant center of 20th and 21st century art. PAAM utilizes VTS in a variety of educational programs and settings including: docent trainings and general tours facilitated by staff; the Student and Educator Curating Program; classroom environments K-12 utilizing work from our permanent collection; and out-of-school programming for children and youth.

  • The Wolfsonian-FIU
    Miami, FL
    The Wolfsonian, Florida International University, an art & design museum located in the heart of the Art Deco District in Miami Beach, uses objects to illustrate the persuasive power of art and design, to explore what it means to be modern, and to tell the story of social, political, and technological changes that have transformed our world. Museum education staff use VTS primarily with K-12 and university students. School teachers are also trained to implement VTS in their classrooms.