Rubin Museum of Art

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Professional Development for Teachers

Open Enrollment Workshops
Professional Development Packages for Schools
Teacher Advisory Panel

The museum offers dynamic professional development opportunities for K-12 teachers of all levels and subjects. Explore the role of object-based learning in the 21st Century, consider the intersections of museum engagement strategies and classroom teaching, and discover the arts and sacred traditions of Himalayan Asia alongside the Rubin's dedicated team of museum educators.

Programs incorporate unique guided tours, hands-on activities in our state-of-the-art Education Center, and curriculum development sessions to consider strategies for connecting with the museum’s resources, methodologies, and exhibitions.  

Open-Enrollment Workshops

Take the lead in your own professional development! Sign up individually or with a fellow teacher. These workshops engage teachers in inquiry-based museum experiences, allow time for personal engagement with art-making, encourage participants to reflect on their own teaching practice, and help refine transferable skills that can be applied in the classroom.

Election Day Professional Development: Arts as Cross-Curricular Connector SOLD OUT

November 4, 2014 10:00 AM-3:00 PM

Join us for a professional development workshop for K-12 teachers that explores how classroom teachers can use art to collaborate across disciplines.  We invite teachers from all disciplines to participate and brainstorm with us.  How can art inspire writing? Is close looking in the galleries different from scientific observation?  Can social studies and math connect?  The day will include gallery time and exploration of artifacts from our teaching collection, as well as time to plan lessons and discuss with other teachers successes and challenges of implementing cross-curricular lessons.

Cost $25 per participant

For more information, please call (212) 620-5000 x 359 or email


Professional Development Packages for Schools

The Rubin Museum of Art has a lot to offer principals interested in helping teachers build teamwork, curriculum, and engagement. Schedule a professional development workshop for a team of educators! 

Professional Development Packages can take place at the Rubin Museum of Art or at your school, and include:

  • $500 for a 3-hour session
  • Introduction to Himalayan art and geography
  • Special interactive gallery tours (at museum only)
  • Hands-on art-making activity
  • Integrated curriculum strategies
  • Educator resources for the classroom
  • Complimentary museum passes for participants 

Package Themes

Fostering Curiosity with the Art of Himalayan Asia
Explore various museum education engagement strategies and see inquiry, storytelling, art-making, and movement can help both students and teachers engage with art and support classroom curriculum.

Artifact Investigations
Handle authentic objects from the Himalayas and explore how artifacts as well as everyday objects can support and enhance classroom teaching.

Mindfulness in Education
Consider the role of mindfulness in learning, and use the Rubin Museum’s collection to find new ways to be more mindful in your own teaching practice.

Storytelling in Himalayan Art
Delve into the stories depicted in Himalayan art and discover how storytelling can help students learn about and make connections to content.

Mandalas and Math
Learn more about these mathematical Buddhist images and how you can use Himalayan art and art-making to support teaching mathematical concepts.

Cultural Diffusion and the Silk Road: Tracing the Spread of Buddhism
Explore the spread of ideas and how the belief system that we now know as Buddhism came to be.

Materials and Techniques
Make connections between Himalayan geography, natural resources, and art materials through close observation and discussion in the galleries and art-making.

Geography and Himalayan Art
Unearth the connections between the tallest mountains on the planet and the art of central Asia by looking at how landscape and geography are depicted in the Rubin Museum collection.

Teacher Advisory Panel

Become involved at the Rubin! Starting Fall 2014, Youth and Family Programs are looking for enthusiastic and passionate teachers to join our new Teacher Advisory Panel. Tell us what you think of our existing programs, how we can better serve K-12 audiences, and what you look for in a museum experience. 

If you are interested in participating or if you want further information, please contact or call 212-620-5000 x359.