Mission

Bard Graduate Center’s public programs and education initiatives are catalysts for deep reflection with objects. We build dialogue and imagine new ways of seeing.

Vision and Values
Bard Graduate Center is committed to forming the next generation of museum educators, curators, and historians, who see deeply, think critically, and build freely.

See Deeply— We believe in the power of careful observation, deduction, and research. We also acknowledge that audiences bring a wealth of personal knowledge, history, and insight to their relationship with objects.

Think Critically
— We value serious, disciplined thinking that is clear, open-minded, and informed by evidence. We want audiences to feel confident about drawing meaning from objects, familiar and unfamiliar. We believe in open dialogue and big questions.

Build Freely
— We provide opportunities for people to build relationships and share insights. We hope to build an intergenerational movement of curators, scholars, historians, and visitors in order to create democratic museums. We believe that by reimagining the past we can build an equitable future.
Teens
The Lab for Teen Thinkers is a public humanities program that prepares rising juniors and seniors for future academic and professional success through civic development, mentoring, and internship opportunities. Click here to learn more.
K-12

School Tours

K–12 visitors see objects up close and make meaningful connections to the world around them. Our student-centered tours are led by graduate student educators who engage young people in lively discussion and hands-on activities that promote critical thinking and visual literacy skills. Tours are adaptable to your school’s curriculum and build thoughtful object-based inquiry and powerful learning experiences.

English Language Learners

We offer customized tours for English language learners that explore exhibition objects through touch and hands-on making activities. ELL students are encouraged to draw on their personal knowledge, history, and insight during the object-based tour which builds meaningful learning experiences.

Virtual Guided Tours

This fall, we invite K-12 classes to a virtual guided tour of Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915. Explore the colorful, wildly imaginative, and technically innovative ceramic ware that is both functional and aesthetic. Our virtual tours engage young people in lively discussion and activities that connect identity, personal objects, history, and fantasy to their own lives.

We are currently accepting reservations for the spring and encourage you to book your virtual guided tour before all spaces are filled.

For more information email: tours@bgc.bard.edu

Virtual Guided Tour Availability
Monday through Friday from 10 am–4 pm

Tour Length: 60 minutes

Tour Fees
NYC DOE school groups: Free
For all other groups of up to 35 participants: $85

Educator Guides

Download here.

Family

Ice Cream Social

Twice a year we host an afternoon of open house activities in the Gallery along with free Van Leeuwen ice cream on 86th Street. Join us for an afternoon of storytelling, hands-on art making, and gallery exploration for the whole family!

Stay tuned for information about our Spring 2022 Ice Cream Social.
Courses

Public Learning Classes: Applying the same values of intimate instruction and close contemplation as our MA and PhD programs, Bard Graduate Center’s evening classes for the general public give participants unprecedented access to our world-renowned faculty and alumni. Most courses are five weeks long.

Study Days: Our Study Days provide opportunities for day-long immersive study into specific areas related to our exhibitions. Experts and scholars provide exclusive behind-the-scenes access to collections and their contexts.

Stay tuned for information about our Spring 2022 course offerings.
Access

We offer education and public programs that build inclusive and accessible gallery experiences for visitors.

Arts & Minds

Arts & Minds brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together for deep reflection with objects. Through gallery discussions and hands-on making activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being. To learn more about this program, please email public.programs@bgc.bard.edu

Tours for English Language Learners

We offer customized tours for English Language Learners that explore exhibition objects through touch and hands-on activities. ELL students are encouraged to draw on their personal knowledge and insights, bringing objects to life through storytelling.

For Visitors With Hearing Loss

We offer a variety of conversations, talks and exhibition symposia with assistive listening devices. To learn more about this program, please email public.programs@bgc.bard.edu
Seniors

In-Person Guided Tours
Majolica Mania, an exhibition that chronicles the popularity of this boldly modeled, vibrantly colored ceramic ware that debuted in London in 1851, is now on view at Bard Graduate Center Gallery. We’re offering free in-person guided tours every Tuesday in October! Learn more about the artistry and manufacturing innovations as well as the culture and history that made majolica so popular. Engage in lively conversation with our knowledgeable gallery educators in our intimate townhouse setting.

To view the schedule and register please click here

Virtual Guided Tours

This November, engage in discussion with our experienced Gallery Educators as together you explore Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915. These free tours will be conducted on Zoom.

To view the schedule and register please click here

Virtual Guided Group Tour Availability
We are thrilled to offer guided virtual tours on Zoom for groups of up to 50 people from October 1, 2021 through January 2, 2022.

Tour Length: 60 minutes

Tour Fees
Senior groups: Free

We are currently accepting bookings and encourage you to schedule your virtual visit before all spaces are filled.

Book now by email at: tours@bgc.bard.edu

Arts and Minds
Arts & Minds brings adults with memory disorders and their caregivers together for deep reflection with objects. Through gallery discussions and hands-on making activities, Arts & Minds opens a window to creativity and well-being. To learn more about this program, please email public.programs@bgc.bard.edu

Free tours for groups of 10+

Senior Group Tours can be customized to meet the specific needs of visitors, including scheduling tours when the museum is closed and accommodating chairs so visitors can relax. To schedule a tour email: tours@bgc.bard.edu
Teachers

Evening for Educators

Bard Graduate Center acknowledges educators as leaders who make important contributions in the arts and humanities and in the lives of students. Our Evening for Educators reflects our commitment to provide teachers with quality interdisciplinary workshops and tours that spark deeper appreciation of the material world and its complex cultural history.

Educator Guides

Download here.

Stay tuned for more information about virtual offerings.
Guided Tours

In-Person Guided Tours

Majolica Mania, an exhibition that chronicles the popularity of this boldly modeled, vibrantly colored ceramic ware that debuted in London in 1851, is now on view at Bard Graduate Center Gallery. We’re offering free in-person guided tours every Tuesday in October! Learn more about the artistry and manufacturing innovations as well as the culture and history that made majolica so popular. Engage in lively conversation with our knowledgeable gallery educators in our intimate townhouse setting.

To view the schedule and register please click here

Virtual Guided Tours

This November, engage in discussion with our experienced Gallery Educators as together you explore Majolica Mania: Transatlantic Pottery in England and the United States, 1850–1915. These free tours will be conducted on Zoom.

To view the schedule and register please click here

Group In-Person Tour Availability
Every Monday and Tuesday
October through January

Group Virtual Guided Tour Availability

Monday through Friday from 11 am–4 pm


Tour Length: 60 minutes

Tour Fees
Senior groups: Free
CUNY groups: Free
For all other groups of up to 35 participants: $85

We are currently accepting reservations for the fall and encourage you to book your virtual guided tour before all spaces are filled. For more information email: tours@bgc.bard.edu

Community Partnerships

We build sustained relationships and dialogue between artists, teens, seniors, scholars, veterans, historians, curators, and community-based organizations around the city in order to create democratic museums.

Bard High School Early College

Hill Art Foundation

DreamYard Project

Wendy’s Subway

Textile Arts Center

Arts & Minds