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Programs For Educators & Students

The Rockwell is a leader in the Corning community, bringing arts into local schools, and onto our streets–serving youth that may not have other alternatives for arts education.

Our work with schools and the non-profit community is designed to help ensure that all children have successful experiences as they grow up in our community.  The Rockwell’s daily mission is to serve the Corning community, and the collections, the historic building, and the arts education programs that our community has put into our trust.

Alley Art Project

Yes, The Rockwell is behind those public murals!

For over a decade, Rockwell educators have been partnering with the High School Learning Center of the Corning-Painted Post Area School District on the Alley Art Project. We create stunning student-designed and painted murals using The Rockwell’s collection of art and objects as inspiration. Students work under the direction of Rockwell Museum Education staff and special guest artists in creating and painting each mural.

Alley Art Project

Dia de los Muertos

The Rockwell Museum celebrates Dia de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) annually, connecting the arts to honoring and remembering loved ones. On this page you’ll find a variety of educational videos, projects and resources by all the wonderful community partners we collaborate with each year.

Dia de los Muertos

Artist in Residence: The Great Circle Program

In partnership with Elmira City and Bath Central School Districts. Rockwell educators are at the forefront of art enrichment in common core learning standards. We work with surrounding districts that face economic hardships related to adequate funding for arts in education. This custom program includes a teaching artist that comes to your classroom, a visit to the Museum, all the while supporting the goals set forth by the classroom teacher.

The Great Circle Program

School Tours: K-12 & College

Our creative educational tours are aligned with New York State Learning Standards and inspire the interest of students in core subjects including Language Arts, Social Studies, and U.S. History. We are an extension of the classroom – a laboratory that emphasizes critical thinking skills, and visual and analytical strategies. Students of all ages and abilities come to the Museum to learn about our nation’s growth and the blending of cultures that makes American society so special.

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Virtual School Tours

Can’t visit in person? Many of our most popular school tours have been refreshed for online learning resources for educators, homeschoolers and families. On this page, request access to video tours, supplemental art projects and expert resources for a complete lesson plan at your fingertips.

Virtual Museum Access

Identity and the Artist

In 2002, The Rockwell established a partnership with the High School Learning Center, the alternative high school within the Corning-Painted Post Area School District. Throughout the year, students create art and writing projects that explore issues concerning identity, affording them opportunities to gain greater self-awareness. In addition, the program allows students to explore the Museum collection in-depth and engages them in tours and exhibits of artistic works.

Identity and the Artist

Southern Tier Summer Arts Institute

In collaboration with the Greater Southern Tier BOCES and several community arts organization, The Rockwell is a proud partner of the Summer Arts Institute. This program has been designed specifically for art teachers from the Southern Tier region.

Summer Arts Institute

Educator Workshops

We’d love to work with your class or district to custom-design courses for in-service days. The Rockwell leverages its Smithsonian Affiliation and ongoing connections to contemporary artists to offer special art-focused professional development.

Educator Workshops

Smithsonian Affiliation Digital Learning and Engagement Internship Program

Smithsonian Affiliations, in collaboration with the Emerson Collective, Smithsonian Institution, and its Smithsonian Affiliates, offers the Smithsonian Digital Learning and Engagement Internship.

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Aerial photo of The Rockwell Museum exterior - Photo by Brian Maloney.
Nov 1

November: Free Admission for Veterans

Wednesday, Nov 1 @ 9:00 am

Two children are viewing a gingerbread vehicle at The Gingerbread Invitational.
Dec 2

Holiday Open House

Saturday, Dec 2 @ 9:00 am

The Rockwell Museum is free and open to the public during the first weekend in December!

Dec 2

Family Day | Sparkle  

Saturday, Dec 2 @ 3:00 pm

Dec 3

Holiday Open House

Sunday, Dec 3 @ 9:00 am

The Rockwell Museum is free and open to the public during the first weekend in December!