Tours & Programs

Schools in the Gallery

Our exhibit-centered educational programing offers opportunities for all ages.

At the Emerson Center for the Arts & Culture, we believe that vitality, creativity, and ingenuity should be nurtured from a young age and fostered through a lifetime. Therefore, we are pleased to offer the FREE Schools in the Gallery program to public, private, and homeschool groups. This comprehensive and interdisciplinary curriculum is designed to supplement arts education for students throughout Montana.

Stationed in the Jessie Wilber Gallery, participants will be given a tour of the exhibit. School groups will be led by trained docents using inquiry-based methods to teach critical thinking and visual literacy. Teachers may request the additional hands-on art enrichment activity, during which students create artwork inspired by the techniques, materials, and themes within the exhibit.

Tours are available to university, homeschool, public and private groups of all ages.

Schedule a Tour

The Emerson also offers classes, workshops, and lectures relating to current exhibits. Please check our exhibit and education schedules for more information.

For questions, please email, or call (406) 587-9797.

Exhibit Tours

Free (30 minutes – 1 hour, depending on age of group)

Participants enjoy a guided tour that explores themes, context, materials, techniques, and other topics specifically related to the exhibit.

Optional Hands-on Activity

Students will create works of art, expanding on themes and materials related to the exhibit.

  • Enroll 5 classes or more from the same school, and the Emerson will waive all activity fees! More information is provided at booking.
  • Tours and activities are available during spring and fall exhibits, Monday thru Friday from 9:30AM to 3:00PM.

Seniors in the Gallery

A docent-led Seniors in the Gallery tour may be arranged. Please contact us for specific details and accommodations.

Schedule a Tour

Support our Exhibits & Education Programs

Support our exhibits and art education programs by volunteering as a docent, Art Education Monitor, Gallery Attendant, or Summer Camp Intern.

Become a Docent

Make arts accessible to everyone by sponsoring our Schools and Seniors in the Gallery programs or contributing to our scholarship fund.

Become a Sponsor

Know a high school-aged student who would like to build their leadership skills? Have them apply for an internship assisting our lead teachers during Summer Art Camps.


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