Bozeman Art Museum offers on-going education programs to over 1,400 children at local public schools through the BAM Youth Program. We are currently working on the 2024 public class schedule. If you don’t see what you’re looking for yet, sign up for our newsletter for updates every month.
One-time skill-based classes
Multi-day art camps
4-8 week art courses
BAM Youth Program
The Bozeman Art Museum began the BAM Youth Program in 2017, even before we established our first physical exhibit space. We currently have partnerships with over 11 schools in Gallatin and Park County serving over 1,400 children in 2023. We provide consistent and quality art programs to Montana public schools by sending our own staff of teachers and volunteers to the student’s classrooms. We help organize art events in schools, provide school supplies for the children, and work to enhance and value each child’s art through formal art practices and strong presentation of work.
Want to teach or get involved? We need volunteers.
Numerous studies have documented the importance of art, music, and dance in the development of healthy, creative children. Unfortunately, in today’s world of education, the arts are often the first to be cut when budgets are tightened. In fact, there are few kindergarten through eighth grade art teachers in the Bozeman Public Schools; and the greatest need is in the rural schools. Knowing this, Bozeman Art Museum’s educational team has developed strong partnerships with the Bozeman and Gallatin and Park County School District, the homeschool community and local teachers to bring art classes to students grades K-12.
Our art program is not just colors, paper, and free-styling; it is a sound art program that teaches children how to draw and other aspects of art creation. We researched numerous art curriculums and decided to create a customized approach based on the classical skills based DaVinci Initiative teachings, the Mona Brookes ‘Monart’ lessons, and Betty Edwards which addresses the teaching of the language of art. Our in-school programs are six-week, one hour and 15-minutes, in-class art programs.
Impact By The Numbers: Students
2017: 80 students
2018: 494 students
2019: 1,128 students
2020: 804 students, reduced due to COVID-19
2021: 1,882 students
2022: 1,208 students
2023: 1,405 Students
What People are Saying About BAM Youth Programs
“I had no idea how talented she was in art until I saw some of her work, we were so impressed. …it was a wonderful pairing of nature and humans colliding.”Kamie, Parent of Mini-Camp Attendee (5 years old)
“The BAM teachers spent almost two hours a week with us and not only did they teach art, they developed a relationship with our students that was overwhelmingly positive. As a rural school, we appreciate the level of professionalism and quality instruction that comes with the Bozeman Art Museum.”Sidney Rider, Teacher at Pass Creek School
“Thank you so much. I learned a lot and am still using the elements you taught us…I couldn’t get my apples looking like apples until you came.”Macy, 6th grade
“I wholeheartedly recommend the BAM school program and encourage continued support. Quality instruction in art is an ongoing need in rural Montana schools as is cultural awareness and appreciation for art. This program goes far toward meeting those needs and is worthy of your support.”Matthew Henry, Superintendent of Schools, Gallatin County
“Thank you for driving all the way here to teach us art…it was super fun!”Cody, 2nd grade