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Aspen Art Museum


Exhibition in a Box

Exhibition in a Box (EIAB) is a school program that reaches third-grade elementary school students and first-year middle school students within a 100-mile radius from the museum. This multipart program provides young students with in-depth access to contemporary artists and ideas, an engaging museum experience, and an art-rich foundation from which positive lifelong growth can be made.

EIAB consists of three parts: a museum-to-school classroom visit, a school-to-museum tour, and a follow-up activity to take back to the classroom. All aspects of the program are free and available for any school in a 100-mile radius of the AAM.


Elementary School Theme Options

  1. Open: Careful looking, observational and critical-thinking skills

  2. Reflect: Open-mindedness and respect for unique and diverse points of view

  3. Respond: Exploration of an artist’s process, including materials and concepts

  4. Connect: Spatial awareness and connecting with the environment

Middle School Theme

In the classroom, students will see images of the museum and its exhibitions, and will focus on building healthy debate around one work of art. A writing exercise is incorporated at the beginning and end of the visit. At the museum, students will embark on a journey through a select number of artworks, further developing interpretive skills of what they see, think, and feel. A wrap-up activity will invite reflection on where their art journey took them.

Practical Information

• In advance of the AAM Educator’s visit, classroom teachers will receive Exhibition Notes that explore the AAM exhibitions referenced during EIAB.

• AAM Educators engage with multiple intelligences during the interactive (looking, writing, drawing, and speaking) and inquiry-based classroom presentation.

• Museum-to-School visits last approximately forty-five minutes, and are preferably scheduled on Mondays and Tuesdays.

• School-to-Museum visits are generally scheduled on Wednesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays. Tours are are sixty minutes in length and held during museum opening hours, preferably beginning at either 10:00 or 10:30 a.m.

• The museum can accommodate two classes at a time, with up to twenty-five students per AAM Educator-led group. Schools with more than two classes will need to schedule visits accordingly.

• A free lunch is provided for every EIAB participant.

• All transportation costs will be reimbursed by the museum upon completion of the reimbursement form.

Follow-up activity

Participating classrooms will receive a Follow-Up Classroom Activity upon departure from the museum as a way to continue integrating art into the classroom. Teachers also have access to additional educational resources and professional development opportunities through their contact with the AAM.

Participating teachers (and the school’s art teachers) will receive Individual Membership level access to the Aspen Art Museum as a gesture of gratitude for their participation.

To Register

Please contact the Education Department at 970.925.8050 ext. 133 or email

AAM education programs are made possible by the Questrom Education Fund. Complimentary student lunches are made possible by Andi and Jim Gordon.