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VAST (Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching) 2022

Artists as Placemakers

July 14, 15, 18, 19 & 22

“Art is the one place we all turn to for solace”–Carrie Mae Weems

To celebrate a return to learning together inside the museum, VAST (Visual Arts as Sources for Teaching) will focus on place and space. How do artists express their place in the world and inspire us to reflect on our own? Discover, create, and share art and ideas for place-based learning in your classroom.


  • Sessions at the Museum: 10:00 a.m.– 3:00 p.m. on July 14, 15, 18 and 19
  • Final Projects: Each participant will complete a final project, begun during sessions at the museum and completed on your own. Final projects will be presented virtually on July 22.


  • $200 ($175 Members)
  • Registration fee for non-members includes a one year membership to the museum
  • Teachers in public or charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia, email for free registration

Things to Know

  • Designed for active teachers working in classrooms or other educational settings.
  • Earn 18 Act 48 or NJ professional development hours.
  • Registration fee for nonmembers includes a one-year museum membership.
  • Teachers in public or charter schools in the School District of Philadelphia: For free registration, email with the name of your school.

What is VAST?

Pre-K–12 teachers, immerse yourselves in the museum’s collections and explore art as a classroom resource during this weeklong seminar.

Reinvigorate your creative spirit, connect with colleagues, and refresh your classroom teaching with new ideas. In this seminar, enjoy:

  • Creative warm-up activities
  • Presentations by museum staff and guest scholars
  • Gallery sessions with museum educators
  • Hands-on workshops
  • Field trips

Previous seminar themes include:

  • 2019: Insider | Outsider: Building Inclusive, Classrooms, Museums, and Cultures
  • 2018: Art as the Spark for Socially Engaged Teaching and Learning
  • 2017: Driving Creativity: Developing Original Ideas
  • 2016: Unlocking Creativity
  • 2015: Art at the Center of Interdisciplinary Teaching

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VAST is a Dolfinger-McMahon and Christian R. and Mary F. Lindback Foundation Teacher Education Program.

For more information, please contact The Division of Education by phone at 215-684-7580 or by e-mail at .