The Kimball Art Center developed the A.R.T.S. program to provide art education to Utah public, private and home schools and youth organizations by extending the learning experience inherent in our Main Gallery exhibitions.
A trained staff member provides an engaging presentation about the current exhibit. Following the tour, each group participates in an art project designed to accompany and reinforce the exhibition through hands-on learning. A.R.T.S. school tours occur onsite at the KAC as well as offsite at various schools statewide.
The KAC provides grade specific (K-12) lesson plans for each Main Gallery exhibition throughout the year using visual art concepts interweaved with core-curriculum subject matter to engage educators and students. Lesson plans are available to download from our website for easy access.
A.R.T.S is an acronym for Academic Resources for Teachers and Students. The A.R.T.S. program is developed by our staff to provide cross curriculum lessons for Kindergarten through Twelfth grades. The Kimball provides this as a way to integrate art into lessons that are based on national core subject curriculum such as Math, Science, Reading, Writing, History, Geography and Language Arts. All lesson plans that are created are based on the Utah State and National Core Curriculum Requirements and correlate to our Main Gallery exhibits.
A.R.T.S. school tours are available as field trips to the Kimball Art Center OR as in-classroom visits to your school. Each A.R.T.S tour at the KAC will include a free 45 minute guided tour as well as a 45 minute art project that can be completed at the Kimball Art Center. In-school classroom visits are one hour in length and include a 25 minute presentation of the artwork followed by a fun and creative art project that is done in the classroom.
Supplemental K – 12 lesson plans integrating the arts with core subjects are available for download.
Field Trips and Availability
A.R.T.S tours are available for all schools, educational programs and clubs in the Park City and Salt Lake City areas. We do our best to accommodate requests for visits from schools outside these areas as well and have traveled into Wyoming, Richs County, Santequin, and Ogden. If you are interested, simply call us and we will do our best to accommodate your school!
All school tours are free, with the exception of transportation. The Kimball can accommodate up to 60 students per visit. For larger groups, please call for more information. Reservations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis and must be made at least a week in advance, although more notice is suggested in order to accommodate schedules.
Tours are available for scheduling Monday though Friday. Please contact the Kimball’s Education Deparatment to schedule your tour or to get more information, at 435.649.8882 extension 116 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are here to bring visual art back into your schools and look forward to visiting! It is as simple as a phone call or email away!
The Kimball Art Center is free of admission and encourages teachers to organize chaperones for A.R.T.S. School Tours to the Kimball Art Center. A general rule is that we request one chaperone for every 15 students. For younger age groups (pre – 2) we request one chaperone for every 5 students. Please inquire for more information when booking your tour. Admission is free for all visitors to the Kimball Art Center.
If A.R.T.S. Tours are conducted in school, chaperones are not required, but teachers are required to stay in the classroom and participate in lessons to strengthen visual arts integration in core subjects they are teaching.
Due to lack of space, the Kimball Art Center does not have lunch facilities for students visiting the Kimball Art Center. Please leave any food or drink on busses or vehicles when entering the exhibits. Food and drink is not permitted in the majority of exhibition areas.
Suggested areas for lunch groups are the Transit Center which is located a short walk away on Swede Alley behind Main Street (this is an enclosed and heated space for winter visitors). During warmer months, City Park, which is located on Park Avenue across from the library is a nice place to enjoy Park City’s beautiful weather, sunshine and let students run around or sketch.
Bring the Kimball to your Classroom or School
The Kimball Art Center will gladly come to your classroom to teach a lesson based on our current Main Gallery exhibit. Kimball classroom visits include one hour of instruction. During this time, the Kimball instructor will teach a lesson and complete a hands-on activity with the class. Classroom visits are free, and include supplies and the cost of transportation for our staff to come and visit your school. A teacher must stay in the classroom with the students during Kimball’s visit. In-classroom visits may also require use of the internet and a projector so that students may see and discuss the pieces on display.
To schedule an in-school visit, please email or call 435-649-8882 x 116. We require a minimum of one week’s advance notice, although more notice is suggested in order to accommodate schedules.
Transportation & Directions
The Kimball Art Center is unable to provide transportation funding. Park City does offer a free public transportation system. Schools in the surrounding areas must provide their own transportation and transportation funding. Please contact the Education Department for more information at 435.649.8882 extension 105 or email@example.com.
The Kimball Art Center does not have parking for busses, cars or other vehicles. School busses are welcome to pull up to the front of the Kimball to let students load off and on, but will need to find parking during the tours. Please do not load students off on or on the bus at the back entrance to the Kimball Art Center. The Kimball’s front door is located at 638 Park Avenue, busses can drop students off at the corner of Park Avenue and Heber Avenue. Our back entrance doors remain locked during business hours.
Volunteer for A.R.T.S.
We are accepting volunteers to assist with A.R.T.S. tours as field trips at the Kimball Art Center and in offsite school classrooms in Park City and Heber. Volunteers will learn about our current exhibits and help the ARTS Tour Coordinator manage school groups, pass out art supplies, and prep supplies as needed. This is a fun and educational position if you like working with kids and have an interest in the arts! The age requirement to get involved is 14 years old.
For more information, please see the ARTS Teaching Assistant job description.
Please contact Mathias Sanyer at 435-649-8882 ext. 116 or if you are interested in volunteering for A.R.T.S.