In-Person ArtReach at BAM

Boise Art Museum’s
FREE Program – In-Person ArtReach at BAM


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Supported in part by grants from The Hearst Foundations, the Laura Moore Cunningham Foundation, the J.R. Simplot Company Foundation, the Robert Lehman Foundation, the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

2022/2023 Art Museum Experiences

Interactive Learning with BAM Educators in the Museum | Student-Centered Discussions
Art-Making Projects in BAM’s Studios | Aligns with State & National Standards

  • Tuesday through Friday
  • 9:30 a.m. or 11:00 a.m.
  • Pre-k – 2nd Grade: 60 Minutes
  • 3rd – 12th Grade: 90 Minutes

October 25, 2022 – January 6, 2023
The American Dream:  Neon and Paint-by-Number
Students will explore the artwork of Montana-based artist Willem Volkersz, known for his neon and paint-by-number-style artworks that illustrate his memories of immigrating to the United States and traveling across America. In the studios, students will create artworks inspired by this artist’s installations. (Relates to Northwest geography, American culture, world history, immigration, science, chemistry, electricity, and line, shape, light, and color.)

January 10, 2023 – March 17, 2023

Playful Learning:  Minecraft, Kites, and Space
Students will discuss prints, drawings, and installations by artist Jacob Hashimoto, inspired by video games, hand-made kites, and star systems. In the studios, students will create their own abstract artworks. (Relates to math, science, technology, architecture, built environments, shape, color, abstraction, and visual space.)

March 21, 2023 – May 26, 2023
Visual Stories:  Lifting Every Voice
Students will learn about Native American artist, Jean LaMarr (Northern Paiute and Pit River), and discuss the ways she communicates direct messages and honors cultural traditions with her prints, paintings, and installations. In the studios, students will create their own artworks that tell their stories.  (Relates to American and Northwest history, community, traditions, language arts, reading, writing, storytelling, and printmaking.)

All programs are accessible and inclusive. Please notify staff of any special needs or concerns when scheduling a program.


Group Size
15-student minimum, 30-student maximum. One adult chaperon per 15 students is required. Up to five adult chaperons are admitted for free (including the classroom teacher) with a group of 30 students. Payment is required for additional adults. (Groups often split the cost among all adults)

This program is offered free to school groups, thanks to generous grant support. Each student will receive a Free Return Pass to visit the Museum.

Teachers will receive a Teacher Preview Pass with their program confirmation so they may preview the artwork at BAM, if they choose.

Schedule and Plan

Select a Program
Please read the Program descriptions carefully and select the program that best fits your curriculum and student interests.

Request a visit online
Or call to schedule: 208-345-8330 ext. 118
Teachers may request a visit by completing an online form on BAM’s website or by calling BAM Education staff. Program reservations must be received at least two weeks prior to the first requested visit date. Two classrooms may attend one visit if the total number of students is under 30; additional time slots can be reserved for larger groups. Programs may be scheduled now to take place during the entire 2022-2023 academic year.

Review Your Confirmation
Review the dates, times, and policies in your email confirmation.

Share the Pre-Visit Packet
A Pre-Visit Packet will be emailed at least two weeks prior to your scheduled program for you to share with students. Pre-Visit Packets include important information about the program to help prepare your students for their visit to BAM. Current Pre-Visit Packets are also available online »

Rescheduling Policy
At least two weeks’ notice is required for rescheduling or cancellation. Groups canceling after this time will be charged a partial visit cost of $60 per program.

Other Information

Transportation Reimbursement Program
BAM offers a transportation reimbursement program to help schools offset busing costs. Please indicate that you would like to receive the application during registration.

BAM is located within Julia Davis Park in downtown Boise.  School groups enter and exit the building through the BACK Education Entrance of the Museum facing the Julia Davis Park Rose Garden.

Unscheduled Visits
To ensure high-quality experiences, unscheduled groups are not admitted to the Museum when their visit conflicts with already-scheduled groups and BAM group policies. If unscheduled groups are allowed to enter based on current visitation, regular Admission fees apply. Contact BAM at 208-345-8330 ext. 118 to make a reservation at least two weeks in advance.

Self-Guided Visits
Self-guided groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance.
Self-guided school group visits are limited to a maximum of 15 students per hour and are typically scheduled between 2:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m., depending on availability.

  • Up to two adult chaperons (One teacher and one adult) are admitted for free with a self-guided group.
  • One adult chaperon per 10 students is required.
  • Payment is required for additional adults. (Groups often split the cost among all adults.)
  • Chaperons must stay with students at all times.

Self-guided groups enter through the FRONT entrance of the Museum.

College Groups
College groups must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance. A partnership with Boise State University provides free individual admission for Boise State University (BSU) students, faculty, and staff through August 22, 2023 with their valid BSU identification cards.



Ready to Book?


Register Grades K-2 »

Register Grades 3-12 »

Each Reservation Includes:

  • Free admission for up to 30 Students
  • Free admission for 1 teacher and 4 chaperons
  • Free Return Passes for each student (valid for 1 student and 2 guests)
  • An educator facilitated interactive experience and an art making activity


For questions call 208-345-8330 x118