School Visits

Book a visit to Mystic Arts Center to inspire creativity, exercise visual literacy, and train skills required by the Common Core state standards. Staff-Guided visits are discussion-based and hands-on. Programs include curriculum-related, in-studio projects and facilitated gallery discussions.

Download School & Teacher Programs Brochure

Field Trips  (Grades Pre-K-12)

Field Trips involve collaborative discussions in MAC’s galleries and a related hands-on studio project. Students exercise Common Core speaking, listening, and writing skills using artwork as a catalyst. Writing activities are included in the gallery while the studio art project focuses on the idea of the written word and language.

Grades Pre-K – 1: 1.5 hour program
Fee: $5 per student; $50 minimum

Grades 2 – 12: 2 hour program
Fee: $7 per student; $100 minimum

Customized Group Programs (Grades Pre-K – 12)

Have a particular theme or topic you’re exploring? Work with our Education Director to tailor a visual arts program to your curricular focus. Visual arts can add cross-disciplinary hands-on creative expression to your non-art curriculum or augment your art curriculum with our specialized staff and object-based inquiry. Program may occur on or off-site and include multiple visits with our staff. Contact the Director of Education for more information, scheduling, and availability.

Self-Guided Visits

We welcome self-guided groups to Mystic Arts Center with the appropriate number of chaperones. Contact the Director of Education to schedule your visit. Review our Planning Your Visit packet  before arriving to ensure the quality of your visit.


All guided group and school visits must be scheduled a month in advance. If you do not receive written confirmation of your visit two weeks before your program, please contact the Education Department. To reschedule or cancel a staff-guided visit, a minimum of two days notice is required.

Cancellation Policy
Groups canceling with less than 24 hours notice may be required to pay the minimum booking fee of $100.  If your school has a delay, dismisses early or closes due to inclement weather, your visit is cancelled automatically at no charge.

Group Visit Hours
Monday – Friday, 9:00 am – 2:30 pm

Class Size Limits
60 students, with up to 10 additional chaperones

MAC’s galleries and studio are accessible to visitors with mobility limitations. Persons entering in wheel chairs should enter the studio entrance or galleries from their front doors respectively.

Chaperone Requirements
Grades 2 – 12: one adult per 15 students
Grades Pre-K, K, 1: one adult per 7 students

See the Planning Your Visit packet for details on chaperone responsibilities.

Transportation and Parking
Mystic Arts Center parking lot is bus accessible and free for program participants. Visitors must provide their own transportation unless arranged with MAC Education Staff.

School Scholarships
Due to generous donors, select schools may participate in MAC programs at a reduced or no charge, including the cost of transportation, while funds last. Ask when scheduling your program.

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