Education is at the heart of all our programs.
We are committed to creating arts programs that lead conversation, explore ideas, inspire wonder and build connections in our community. Sun Valley Museum of Art provides exceptional learning experiences for all ages and skill levels in The Museum, classroom and Blaine County schools.
Inspiring the lifelong learner in all of us.
Intimate and inspiring learning experiences with recognized artists and experts.
Hands-on art making experiences that foster learning and discovery, and connection and collaboration with peers.
Youth & Families
Interactive, sensory play to build confidence and self-expression through art making—connecting multiple generations through exploration, experimentation and fun!
Lesson Plans, Study Guides, professional development and resources, scholarship opportunities and educator discounts!
Working with the Schools
We are committed to K–12 Arts Education
We believe the arts are essential.
A fundamental part of Sun Valley Museum of Art's mission is to work in partnership with local schools to inspire students’ curiosity and develop their skills in improvisation, self-expression and critical thinking. SVMoA's K–12 Arts Education Programs develop and strengthen these fundamental life skills helping to build engaged, curious, inspired and contributing citizens and communities.
Student Exhibition Tours
SVMoA offers students and teachers an exploration of the museum’s exhibitions. Students engage with the art work, the ideas in the exhibition and their peers through observation and discussion and create a hands-on art project linked to the exhibition.
Classroom Enrichment Program
Integrating the arts into secondary core subjects such as math, science and humanities by collaborating with teachers and students in a creative process, and providing the opportunity to approach a topic in a new way or deepen the discussion on a given subject.
Professional Artist Residencies
Professional musicians, actors, dancers, authors and artists visit Blaine County Schools for performances, presentations, workshops and classes.
Student & Educator Scholarships
Each year SVMoA awards local students and educators scholarships to further their education in the arts and humanities through five different types of scholarships. This scholarship program is made possible through funds raised at SVMoA's Annual Wine Auction and private donations.
K–12 Education Program Sponsors
The Michael S. Engl Family Foundation
Joyce B. Friedman in memory of
Hailey Rotary Foundation
Heart of Gold Fund in the Idaho Community Foundation
Jane Rosen & Scott Miley—
Scott Miley Roofing
The Richard K. & Shirley S. Hemingway Foundation
Kiwanis Club of Hailey &
the Wood River Valley
Robin Leavitt & Terry Friedlander
Marcia & Don Liebich
The POWER Foundation
Wendy & Alan Pesky—
Pesky Family Foundation
Friends of Jack Thornton
U.S. Bank Foundation
Wood River Papoose Club
These activities are supported, in part, with funds provided by the Western States Arts Federation (WESTAF), the Idaho Commission on the Arts, and the National Endowment for the Art.
All of our members, donors and our annual Wine Auction participants help provide support for our educational programs, all of which are offered free or at a very low cost to students.
Regional School Partners
Big Wood School
Burley High School
Camas County High School
Ernest Hemingway STEAM School
Pioneer Montessori School
Silver Creek High School
Sun Valley Community School
Syringa Mountain School
The Sage School
Wood River High School
Wood River Home School Co-Op
Wood River Middle School
Working with the Schools FAQs
Student Exhibition Tours are designed for students in Pre–K through 12th grade. Each tour is designed with grade appropriate discussion and hands on art experience.
Teachers are asked to sign up using the online form HERE. Please give us your top three preferences of times. We will do our best to accommodate you and you will receive a follow up email confirmation typically within a week of your request.
The Classroom Enrichment Program is designed for public school students at the middle and high school grade levels. These grade levels were chosen because often due to scheduling, students are unable to participate the arts at the secondary level.