Education

Southern Ohio Museum & Cultural Center’s primary educational mission is to provide the people of our community with programming based in the visual arts. We strive to deepen our connection to the historic and cultural objects that resonate the heritage of Southern Ohio and Appalachia.

The Southern Ohio Museum provides regular visual and performing arts programming to the following groups:

  • Portsmouth STEM Academy
  • 14th Street Community Center Summer Outreach Program
  • CAPE (Center for Alternative and Progressive Education)
  • Upward Bound

We also service the Scouts, Portsmouth and Scioto County Public Schools, Shawnee State, Notre Dame Catholic School.

Cirque D’Art Theater also services Scioto, Pike, Adams, and Lawrence, Counties OH; Lewis and Greenup Counties, KY.


SmARTalks

During these lively, informal talks, artists, curators and other specialists dig into an exhibition to add insight, context, understanding of process, and perspective to the exhibition experience.


Tours

Guided Tours

The Southern Ohio Museum prides itself in the quality of our educational programs. We work in tandem with K-12 teachers in constructing curriculum based tours. The Museum offers experiences to nurture these skills in students:

  • Critical thinking
  • Close observation
  • Visual analysis
  • Creativity
  • Art appreciation
  • Articulating and supporting opinions
  • Confidence
  • AND create the next generation of empowered museum visitors and advocates for cultural experiences.

We offer educational programs in visual art and exhibitions, music and music performance, and performing arts through the Cirque D’Art Theater. Each experience is tailored to fit the grade level and curriculum standards requested at the time of booking.

We also offer specialized tours of our Art of the Ancient Wertz collection of Hopewell, Adena, and mound builder art and artifacts. This stunning 10,000 piece permanent collection contains some of human’s oldest tools and artifacts. Call the Museum to schedule of tour in which we fold in local, State, and regional history.

To help maximize the museum experience, we ask that you prepare your students. Scheduling your tour with an advance notice allows our educational staff to get to you information and images to share with your class before the visit.

To schedule a tour please call the Museum at 740-354-5629 or email Museum Educator Emily Uldrich, emily@somacc.com

Self-Guided Tours

The Southern Ohio Museum provides materials in the galleries to enrich your visit. Coming alone, with friends, or children, there are resources provided in each gallery to enhance your visit. Gallery games are provided for parents to guide the visit with children, gallery guides provide in-depth information on the artist and theme, “touch boxes” provide materials similar to those in the gallery that can be handled.

All Day Tours

A very popular format among teachers, the all-day tour includes docent-led tours and gallery discussions, a studio art project to reinforce exhibition concepts and a live concert in the theatre or a side trip to the Cirque d’Art Studio where students can try on the identitiy of a performing artist.

Scheduling a Tour

Please contact Emily or Pegi at (740) 354-5629 or email emily@somacc.com or pegi@somacc.com to design your tour of the Museum and Cirque d’Art today!


Custom Designed School Programs

Tours, writing exercises, studio projects and other academic applications tied to exhibitions can be created for special and specific populations.


Artist-in-Residence Program

The Museum has successfully secured at least one highly competitive Ohio Arts Council artist-in-residence project every year for the last thirty, matching up an eager teacher and core group from a local school to spend concentrated time with a professional visual artist, dancer or musician exploring themes of specific exhibitions.

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