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K–12 Programs

Sheldon is a valuable resource for K–12 teachers. Class visits to Sheldon can connect to specific curricula and lessons, or simply offer exposure to art, museums, and the university. Through inquiry-based learning and open-ended dialogue, students learn valuable visual literacy skills while also increasing their confidence and appreciation of art.

Class Visits

Educators may request guided, in-person visits led by staff educators and trained docents. See our Current Exhibitions page for more information about what’s on view. To schedule a visit, submit a tour request form at

Please note that all K–12 grade groups require at least one adult chaperone for every ten students. Appointments are required for all school groups visiting the museum, regardless of whether they opt for self-guided or educator-led visits.

Teachers of middle school students and older are eligible to request to view works in the Collection Observation Lab, which allows for close looking and in-depth discussions of prints, drawings, photographs, and artists’ books that relate to their curriculum. This option is available only for small groups of students. For more information contact Erin Hanas, curator for academic and campus engagement, at or 402-472-3541.

Virtual Engagement

For classes that cannot visit in person, Sheldon offers virtual tours led by staff educators. Teachers and students can also explore works in Sheldon's collection of nearly 13,000 objects at their own pace.

For more information and ideas for using art in teaching, or to schedule a virtual experience, contact Erin Hanas, curator for academic and campus engagement, at or 402-472-3541.

School Bus for the Arts Grants

The Nebraska Arts Council’s School Bus for the Arts Program provides grants for students from kindergarten to 12th grade to underwrite the cost of field trips to attend professional arts events, including exhibitions at museums. To learn more about the Nebraska Arts Council’s grant program, visit