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The Rubin Museum of Art offers schools new and inspiring ways to make curricular connections, inspire learning, and expand opportunities for students and teachers. We welcome all school groups, and offer a range of programs to meet your students’ needs. In partnership with Emory University, our programs integrate Social, Emotional, and Ethical Learning® principles, which build upon social and emotional learning to include attention training, the cultivation of compassion for self and others, resiliency skills based on trauma-informed care, systems thinking, and ethical discernment.

Whether you schedule a guided tour for a school group, lead your own self-guided visit, participate in a professional development workshop for teachers, or engage in an art-making workshop, we can help you connect your students to the art and cultures of the Himalayan regions, while providing them with the tools they need to navigate life’s challenges and engage ethically as part of a global community.

The Museum’s school programs can enhance any subject area, including visual arts, English language arts, global studies, world communities, comparative religions, mathematics, and an array of social studies topics, as well as 21st century skills like creativity, critical thinking, and global competency.

K-12 School Programs are supported by Agnes Gund, Con Edison, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council.

K-12 Student Programs

Explore the art of Himalayan Asia on an engaging 60-minute tour
Schedule an exciting hands-on experience to enhance your tour

​Experience a free 3-session program for NYCDOE Title 1 schools

Mandala Lab and Family and School Programs are made possible with lead support from the Milton and Sally Avery Arts Foundation, Barbara Bowman, Fred Eychaner, Noah P. Dorsky, the Estate of Lisina M. Hoch, The Pierre and Tana Matisse Foundation, Rasika and Girish Reddy, Shelley and Donald Rubin, and Tiger Baron Foundation.

Major support is provided by Bob and Lois Baylis, Sara and Joseph Bedrick, Anne and Albert Chao, Con Edison, Daphne Hoch Cunningham and John Cunningham, Anne E. Delaney, DeWitt Stern, Karen Dorsky, Jack Lampl, Max Meehan, Dan Gimbel of NEPC, LLC, The Prospect Hill Foundation, Sarah and Craig Richardson, Basha Frost Rubin and Scott Grinsell, the Andrew Sabin Family Foundation, Namita and Arun Saraf, Linda Schejola, Eric and Alexandra Schoenberg, Eileen Caulfield Schwab, Tsherin Sherpa, Jesse Smith and Annice Kenan, Taipei Cultural Center in New York, and New York Life Insurance Company*, and New York Life.

Public funds are provided by New York City Department of Cultural Affairs in partnership with the City Council, and the New York State Council on the Arts with support of the Office of the Governor and the New York State Legislature.

This project is supported in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.

We additionally thank the generosity of 223 sponsors and donors who contributed to our 2020 gala, Inside the Mandala: A Virtual Gala.


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