Southern Utah Museum of Art

K-12 Programs

Tours will be available beginning September 12, 2017: Tuesday-Friday 9:30 am-11:30 am and Tuesdays and Thursdays 1:00 pm-3:00 pm.

SUMA is designed to serve as a model laboratory for collections and exhibition research, educational programming, public school outreach and empirical evaluation of the visitor experience. The SUMA classroom is dedicated to educational programs in service to the museum, its mission and activities.


Three tour options are available:

Visual & Performing Arts Tour:

Morning tours only, available October 3rd – November 10th

This tour gives students the opportunity to experience both the Southern Utah Museum of Art and the Utah Shakespeare Festival where they will draw connections between fashion design and theatre costume design. Students will join in an in-depth tour of the Casadei fashion exhibit, which celebrates the life and legacy of L.A. couture designer, Electra Casadei. Students will also use what they have learned about the design process in a hands-on arts activity. (Ideal for Grades K-6)


Art & Science Museum Tour:

Available September 12th – November 17th

While touring both the Southern Utah Museum of Art and the Frehner Museum of Natural History, students will learn how both humans and the natural world use art and design to their advantage. Students will discuss the process of adaptation and discover how both animals and artists adapt to their environment. After touring both museums, students will draw upon what they have learned in the creation of their own works of art. (Ideal for Grades K-6)


Museum Practices Tour:

Available September 12thNovember 17th

Students will visit both the Frehner Museum of Natural History and the Southern Utah Museum of Art where they will engage in behind-the-scenes tours of both museum spaces. This tour showcases the positions and tools needed to run an efficient museum, and museum best practices. After visiting both museums, students will work together in groups to design their own museums, create mission statements, and curate an exhibit based on their design. (Ideal for Grades 6-12)

SUMA is an educational museum. As part of an artist's learning, they study the human figure to learn how to best represent the human form in two- and three- dimensional art. Exhibitions in our museum may contain representations of the nude human figure, so we encourage concerned educators to preview the exhibition or contact educationsuma@suu.edu with any questions or concerns regarding what will be displayed in the gallery during your tour. You can also contact our Museum Coordinator, Kari Heaps, with concerns and/or questions as well at (435)865-8765. 

Please complete the form below to sign up for a tour. Once your request has been processed, we will get back to you as soon as possible.