Chinati's education department offers innovative, diverse and thoughtful programs that encourage a deep engagement with the museum's collection in a supportive, convivial classroom setting. Led by artists and educators who are passionate and knowledgeable about the museum, these hands-on, object-making experiences can be geared toward children or adults and include an in-depth exposure to the collection that enriches, excites and challenges the participants' understanding of Chinati's work.
The museum is committed to serving young artists of the Big Bend, the Permian Basin, and beyond. Chinati provides low-cost tours to student groups and partners with teachers and schools on specific activities that enhance and align with class curriculum. Students visit exhibitions, create artwork at the museumís Art Lab, engage with artists and may explore the region's unique high-desert environment. Free on-site classes and workshops are also periodically offered.
Chinati proudly participates with Marfa ISD and other local arts and cultural institutions in Summer Shake Up, a month-long, free summer program for children in grades K-8. These super fun, inclusive and imaginative classes can range from art to music to dance and typically culminate in a well-attended public presentation or party. Throughout the summer, the young artists engage in a continuing discussion about the process of making their own unique works while also considering elements of their hometown museumís collection.
Studio workshops for adults are presented occasionally throughout the year. Taught by working artists, these workshops are held on campus at Chinatiís Art Lab.
Chinati’s educational and public programming is supported with generous grants from the†Texas Commission on the Arts, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Brown Foundation, the Cowles Charitable Trust, the George and Mary Josephine Hamman Foundation, the Hearst Foundations, the Carl B. & Florence E. King Foundation, the Permian Basin Area Foundation, the Warren Skaaren Trust, the Susan Vaughan Foundation, and the City of Marfa.