Education: Educators

Midland Center for the Arts provides a variety of opportunities and resources for educators and their students. Experience the arts, science and history first-hand with an educational encounter at the Center. If you don’t see what you’re looking for, please send your inquiry or idea to our Education Department.

Educational Resources

Find useful information including helpful links, answers to FAQs, educator guides, and fun scavenger hunts, as well as our latest “Educator Newsletter.”

Student Matinee Performances

Midland Center for the Arts offers Weekday Student Matinee performances for educational groups. These theater experiences indulge the imagination while supporting arts (visual, music, dance, etc) and literature curriculum.

Art & Science Connections Tour

Our NEW Art & Science Connections Tour, is an interdisciplinary 45-minute program that encourages students to identify the intersections found within scientific experimentation and the creative process. Your students will explore kinetic art, the science of sound, chemistry, and architecture & design through a series of guided rotations within our Hall of Ideas.

“The balance of listening to learn and doing to learn was perfect!  The activities were well planned so that students had an interactive learning experience that was guided and supported, but allowed them to construct their own learning.  We were able to build on the understandings they gained at the Center when we continued our work back at school.” –Patricia Clancy, Eastlawn Elementary 2nd grade teacher.

Contact Mackenzie Hopkins to learn more about our Art & Science Connections Tour.

Project Art Museum

$5 per student

Students explore the arts in a fun and dynamic way by rotating through 40-minute stations where they take part in a modern dance experience, dialogue with working professional artists in our studios, and become experienced museum-goers during a visit to the galleries. Availability based on program schedule; usually in the month of February or March. Must request this program by early October.

Grades: 5th (also open to 4th – 6th)

Funded in part by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Fund.

Contact Sarah Brandt to learn more about Project Art Museum

Magic of Electricity

$35 as an add-on program to a tour (on site program October – March only)

Explore the world of static electricity as our science educator uncovers fundamentals of electricity, including lightning and static electricity using the Van de Graaff generator.

Grades: 3rd – 6th

Sponsored by: Consumers Energy

Contact Sarah Brandt to learn more about Project Art Museum

Historical Tours

Midland County Historical Society offers guided educational trips to the 1874 Bradley Home, the Herbert H. Dow Museum and Brinewell, the Dorothy Dow Arbury Gallery, and through our temporary exhibitions. Our facilities are open year-round for educational/group programs by pre-arrangement. Pricing is just $4 per student or chaperone; teachers and administrators are FREE. Non-school group fees may vary.

Science & Art Exhibition Tours

Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art pendulum school tours

The Alden B. Dow Museum of Science & Art offers exhibit-based educational experiences for students of all ages. Most group visits are guided by one of our Museum Educators. Guided visits must be arranged at least two weeks in advance. Admission fee varies by size and group type.

Homeschool Programs

Find Midland Center programs that will augment your unique curriculum needs, whether for an individual student or a group. Museum-based, on-site education programs or tours are available to homeschool groups of 10 or more at our discounted educational rate. Adults pay regular admission. Email our Education Department for more information.

Outreach Programs

Let the Midland Center bring an engaging program to your classroom or group. Expect a memorable experience, whether the topic is history, science, the arts or a presentation by one of our talented staff members. Prices vary by program.

Scout Programs

Activities for all divisions of Boy and Girl Scouts can be custom tailored to better benefit each age group. Included are self-guided tours, scavenger hunts and badge activities. During special exhibitions (past examples: Egypt, A T-Rex Named Sue, Grossology, etc.) the Museum may offer a specialty patch with the tour. For more information or to share your ideas, contact our Education Department.

Kennedy Center

Midland Center for the Arts is proud to partner with Midland Public Schools to bring The Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts – Partners in Education Program to the Great Lakes Bay Region!

This program mentors arts organizations in utilizing professional teaching artists to promote Arts Integration in the classroom. Arts Integration uses art forms to help teach, reinforce or evaluate the understanding of Core Curricular subjects and concepts, and expands educators’ toolkits for reaching students of all learning styles.

For information, contact Katie Miller.

Generously sponsored by the Maxwell K. Pribil Memorial Trust and Dow Corning Corporation.