Adult Learning

Collection Conversations

Are you missing the opportunity to connect with others through conversation?  Join us for Collection Conversations! Participants in this facilitated hour-long Zoom experience begin by making observations about a work of art in our collection. As observations open the way for questions, associations, memories and stories, we will build an interpretation of the work of art through conversation. Information about the artist and suggestions for further exploration will be provided for participants following the discussion. There is no fee to participate, but registration is required. Each conversation has a maximum of 10 participants. 

Slow Viewing Nights

Spend one hour with one work of art once a month at Slow Viewing Night. The Museum believes art is for everyone and interpretation is a practice anyone can do. Slow Viewing Nights are a practice of collaborative interpretation. Each month we will gather in front of an art piece for an hour and build a collective understanding of the work through sharing our observations, questions, and suggestions. 

Docent Tours

The Springfield Art Museum offers guided tours free of charge. Whether you’re visiting for the first time or the hundredth, a docent-led tour is a great way to explore the Museum! Tours are available for groups of all kinds and for all ages. They generally last 45 minutes to an hour and can be customized to fit the needs and interests of your group. To ensure docent availability, please schedule your tour at least a month in advance. Contact the Museum Educator at (417) 874-2861 or email the museum educator with questions or to schedule a tour.

Interested in becoming a docent? Learn more by visiting our Become a Docent Page.

Lectures and Gallery Talks

The Springfield Art Museum offers opportunities to learn from visiting artist, curators, and scholars through lectures and gallery talks. These are produced in a variety of formats from lectures to panel discussions and typically coincide with exhibitions. To find out more, see our calendar by clicking here or join our mailing list by clicking here.

Interpretation Workshops

Are you looking for new ways to experience and make meaning from art? Join us the fourth Thursday of each month from 5:30-7:30 pm for guided explorations of art on view. Past workshops have utilized sound, creative writing, and theater techniques to spark discussion. Each workshop is unique, and most are led by guest facilitators. Contact the Museum Educator at (417) 837-5700 or email the museum educator for more information.