Programs for Schools

School Tours

Gadsden Arts invites educators to engage students in curriculum topics through art. Each school tour is led by an experienced docent and explores the galleries, teaching students to examine art critically. Exhibitions change quarterly so we recommend reviewing the current exhibitions before scheduling a tour. If you would like to schedule a school tour, please review the Frequently Asked Questions before contacting our Education Director at 850-627-5023.

Please note that at this time, in-person school tours are available only for classes of 8 or fewer students (plus 2 adult chaperones) but Virtual Field Trips are available for up to 60 students at a time. 

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Frequently Asked Questions

Are school tours free?

Yes! School tours are offered free of charge to students, teachers, and chaperones. However, we are an independent non-profit and accept donations. 

How long are tours?

Most tours are 90 minutes, with tours of multiple galleries, and an art project. Tour length can be customized. 

How many students can I bring?

One school group of 60 students is permitted in the museum at one time. However, you can schedule back-to-back tours for up to 180 students in one day. 

When should I schedule my tour?

Please schedule school tours at least 2 weeks in advance. The earlier, the better! 

How many chaperones do I need?

One adult is required for every 10 children. For pre-K groups, two adults for every 10 children is recommended. 

What should I do before my tour?

  • Be sure to confirm your student count with our Education Director, Anissa Ford.
  • Review the pre-tour activities. Do them with your students as you are able.
  • Review the gallery rules. 

Who should I contact to schedule a tour?

Anissa Ford

Education Director

(850) 627-5023


ArtReach Partnerships are opportunities to schedule monthly visits with groups and organizations currently working in the community at no charge. In any ArtReach Partnership, students will tour the galleries, play interactive gallery games, and create art projects in our art studio. We encourage at least one visit per exhibition, as exhibitions change quarterly. In some cases, Gadsden Arts can also send an instructor into the community to work with groups such as tutoring programs and after-school care.

2020 Student Poster Competition

Annually, the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum presents the Art in Gadsden Student Poster Competition. Gadsden & Leon county students (public, private, and homeschooled) and students of the Big Bend region were invited to participate in the Gadsden Arts Center & Museum's annual Student Poster Competition. 2020's theme is ABSTRACT. 

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All entries due May 1st, 5pm. 

Contact Education Director, Anissa Ford to get your copy of the poster template.
(850) 627-5023

2019 Student Poster Competition

The 2019 theme was PEACE, and the award winners from Robert F. Munroe Day School (RFM), Gadsden Elementary Magnet School (GEMS), and West Gadsden Middle School (WGMS) are: 

Best in Show - Sarah Fulmer, 7th Grade, GEMS
First Place - Amber Jenkins, 11th Grade, RFM
Second Place - Jasmine Huff, 7th Grade, GEMS
Third Place - Jhermani Enzor, 7th Grade, WGMS

Honorable Mentions
Addie Cox, 2nd Grade, RFM
Leah Fain, 7th Grade, 7th, GEMS
Victoria Stone, 11th Grade, RFM
Alondra Cruz, 5th Grade, GEMS

For Teens

Teens may participate in the ArtZone without a parent/guardian's supervision during normal ArtZone hours, given that the teen and parent/guardian submits a Teen ArtZone Artists form. Submit forms to Anissa Ford, or call with questions (850) 627-5023.

Teens may also apply to volunteer.

Generous support for this project provided by Art Bridges. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture. Funding was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities. Any views, findings, conclusions or recommendations expressed in this website do not necessarily represent those of Florida Humanities or the National Endowment for the Humanities.