Educating Children

Education at SMoCA

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art (SMoCA) is an educational institution dedicated to exploring “the ideas of our time”. SMoCA advances appreciation of contemporary culture and explores new artistic expressions. At SMoCA, you will find innovative art, new experiences and creative activities. You will have access to internationally recognized artists, architects and designers.

Our audiences eagerly share their insights and passion for the arts in workshops, docent-led tours, outreach presentations, lectures, films and studio tours. We are committed to innovative programs for school audiences and a variety of informative and stimulating adult programs. In addition, SMoCA’s non-circulating library is available for research with an appointment.

Education Art Days

Arts Days

Students see a 45-minute performance, participate in an interactive, Docent-guided exhibition tour and create an art object. Great field trip hint: bring lunches to eat outdoors in the Civic Center Park following the activities. Learn more about special offerings for students and educators. Book a Docent-led tour for your class.

Education Visions


Visions is a unique year-long teen program at SMoCA. It is invitational, with 42 students participating each school year. Students meet monthly with local artists, who conduct day-long workshops. Learn more about the Visions program.

Education Docents

Docent Program

Docents are trained volunteers who share their knowledge about artwork with Museum visitors, schools, retirement homes and community groups. Learn how to become a Docent at SMoCA.

Education Internships


SMoCA offers a variety of internships to college students studying art-related fields. Museum departments that often hire interns include Curatorial, Education, Installations, Marketing and SMoCA Lounge. Learn how you can become an intern at SMoCA.

Education Library

Research Library

The Scottsdale Museum of Contemporary Art Library is a non-circulating research library located on the second floor of the Scottsdale Center for the Arts building.  The library opened on January 26, 1999, and is staffed by volunteers. Helen Depenbrock is the head librarian. The Library is seeking donations of books on contemporary art, architecture and design (1945 – present); modern art, architecture and design (1900 – 1945); art dictionaries; art survey books; and a limited number of books on cultures that set modern and contemporary art in context. For inquiries about volunteering or an appointment, please call 480.874.4640.

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The Art Start Program helps youngsters discover the wonderful world of art. During visits to the Museum, children enjoy a participatory tour designed to inspire confidence, self-awareness and self-expression, as well as to promote language development. For more information, please call 480.425.5348.


MWW-rosie-riveterMothers Who Write

Join other Moms who enjoy writing in this 10-workshop series led by Amy Silverman (New Times) and Deborah Sussman (ASU Art Museum). Registrtion for the fall session, which runs from September through November, begins on July 7. Call 480.874.4642 for details. More