Schools & Educators

MONA offers a wide selection of art and funding opportunities for teachers:


Miles to MONA – Funding for your School Visit

Thanks to generous donors, funding is available on a first come/first serve basis to reimburse transportation costs for a class visit. Schools are eligible to receive 100% funding, up to $500. To apply, please call MONA to make arrangements for a school tour. After your visit, submit the Miles to MONA  registration form (PDF) accompanied by a school invoice listing final expenses.


MONA Tours

School tours use the learning method of Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), and MONA is the only Nebraska art museum to exclusively use this approach. VTS has been proven to increase knowledge of art, improve critical thinking skills, instill higher tolerance and empathy levels, and create a desire to return to art museums.

VTS encourages individualism and critical engagement, there is no right answer, and art objects present the perfect opportunity for this kind of engagement. Research has shown exposure to VTS produces lasting results.

Miles to MONA – Funding is available to offset transportation costs. Schools are eligible to receive 100% funding, up to $500. To apply, please complete our registration form (PDF) and submit your request. For more information: (308) 865-8559.


2018 Crane Workshops for Elementary Classes

Students learn about artist John James Audubon, work with artist-educator Susan Hart, and learn about the Sandhill crane with wildlife biologist Laurel Badura.

Dates & Times (Class times fill up fast, so call and reserve your time):
Thursday, March 1 • 9:00.-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 6 • 9:00-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 8 • 9:00-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 13 • 9:00-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Tuesday, March 27 • 9:00-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Thursday, March 29 • 9:00-10:45 a.m. or 12:30-2:15 p.m.
Directed to: elementary classes
Cost: $4 per student

Miles to MONA – Funding is available to offset transportation costs. Schools are eligible to receive 100% funding, up to $500. To apply, please complete our registration form (PDF) and submit your request. For more information: (308) 865-8559.


Learning Days – Enhancing your School Visit

Students participate in an interactive tour, studio art activity, and an optional creative writing lesson. Three-week advance notice is required; student number is limited to 50 students. Cost is $125 for three activities and $100 for two activities. To apply, please complete the Learning Day registration form (PDF) and submit your request. For more information: (308) 865-8559.

Learning Day Funding – Limited funding is available to help offset the school’s costs. To apply, please complete the MONA Learning Day Funding (PDF) and submit your request. For more information: (308) 865-8559.

Miles to MONA – Funding is available to offset transportation costs. Schools are eligible to receive 100% funding, up to $500. To apply, please complete our registration form (PDF) and submit your request. For more information: (308) 865-8559.


Nebraska Artists

Nebraska Artists is a video resource site for teachers & students. A co-production of the Museum of Nebraska Art and Ganzel Group Communications + Flicka Films

Across the 500 miles of Nebraska, there are dozens, if not hundreds, of accomplished artists living and working. Here. Now.
Each of their stories is unique. Our goal is to help tell those stories within the context of the new Nebraska Fine Arts Educational Standards.


Listen to the Land Grant

In recognition of the late Dr. Robert Manley, an eminent Nebraska historian, the Museum of Nebraska Art (MONA) is offering grants up to $250 to Nebraska educators to encourage students to find the history that is all around them. The phrase “Listen to the Land” comes from the title of one of Dr. Manley’s popular programs. It encompasses many topics reflecting the lives of those Nebraskans who have lived on this land and have helped to shape it. To apply, please complete the Listen to the Land registration form (PDF) and submit your request.


Lesson Plans

Understanding the Basic Groups of Animals, Science – Second grade
Life as a Nebraska Pioneer, Collage Art – Third & Fourth grade
Native Americans on the Plains, History – Fourth grade
Fundamentals of Design through Art, Family Consumer Science – Secondary level