Will AGA Education offer School Programs in the 2020/2021 school year?
Yes, we are pleased to resume exhibition visits on Tuesdays and Wednesdays starting September 29. In addition, we have expanded our programming capacity with new online and off-site, on the go programs. Click here for a full listing of School Program offerings. *In line with COVID-19 health guidelines, we will not be offering on-site studio programs at this time.
How many students are allowed at the AGA at one time?
For now, the total number of students per time slot is 30 and there are four time slots per day (Tuesdays and Wednesdays only). Upon arrival, students are divided into smaller groups of 10 to facilitate better viewing and participation while on tours and to maintain physical distancing measures. *Please note: we are unable to offer lunch facilities at this time.
How many chaperones or volunteers are required?
While on site at the AGA, our rule of thumb is one chaperone per 10 students. Chaperones can expect to assist with student supervision and management. Ways that chaperones can help include setting a good example and following visitor guidelines, opening/holding doors, maintaining physical distance between students and encouraging participation and good listening skills.
What is your online programming about?
This summer, we developed two new programs for online delivery inspired by our newest exhibitions: 100 Years: The Group of Seven and Other Voices (Grades 1-6) and borderLINE: 2020 Biennial of Contemporary Art (Grades 7-12). Each program features an in-depth look at the artists and artwork, visual literacy activities, relevant resources and a live discussion with our educators. Stable access to internet and/or device is essential.
Shortly after your booking confirmation, we will be in contact with you to review the process and discuss any logistics. We will schedule a test of all of the programming elements one week ahead of delivery to ensure they function as designed in your context and make adjustments as needed. We would also assign a short project or prompt for students to complete before the presentation. On the day of the program, we will arrive 5 minutes ahead of delivery in the virtual environment.
What is an off-site program?
This year we are launching a mobile studio program where we come to you! We bring everything needed to complete a two-hour art project from the comfort of your classroom or library. We have re-imagined the studio programs that you know and love to a new and nimble format as well as making the appropriate changes in line with AHS guidelines.
To book an off-site program, fill in the booking form available on our website. Once your booking is confirmed, an educator will be in touch to review the program and discuss logistics for your school. You will also receive a document outlining our COVID-19 protocols and requirements. We will arrive the day of the booking with all materials needed to complete the project. If you are ready to book, please click the button below.
How much will our program cost?
Costs are dependent on number of students and the program booked. Please click here for full details. Payments are made prior to or on day of program delivery. We accept payment by cash, cheque, credit card and electronic transfer.
When should I book a program?
All programs must be booked at least two weeks in advance. Please note that our programming schedule fills up quickly during the school year so it is best to book as early as possible.
I would like to request a program, what is the best way to ensure my reservation?
The best way to request a booking is to peruse current offerings and click the book your program online button. Fill this out with your preferred dates & information and we will be in contact with you to confirm that those dates are available for you. *NOTE: you must have an order confirmation from us to be fully booked in. If for any reason, you do not hear from us, please email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call us at 780-392-2479.
What is your cancellation policy?
To change or cancel a booking, please contact us at email@example.com or call us at 780.392.2479. Any changes or cancellations made less than 10 business days from the program delivery date that are unrelated to COVID-19 are subject to an administration fee of 20% of the total invoice. If for any reason, the AGA must cancel programming (ex. gallery closure) fees will not apply.
What are your COVID-19 policies?
We are closely following recommendations from AHS including physical distancing, frequent hand washing and sanitization & respiratory etiquette. Please click here for a detailed account of our approach to COVID-19.
What can I do to prepare my class for our visit to the AGA?
What teacher resources are available?
New this year, we are introducing a series of learning capsules available to teachers for a small membership fee of $5 per month ($50 for the full year). Each capsule contains art explorations, visual literacy activities, videos and a slide deck of featured images from our collection. Our first learning capsule investigates geography & identity with links to Grades 1-6 curriculum.
Do you offer programming accommodations or customizations?
To discuss our capacity to make an accommodation or customization, please contact our Head of Education & Learning, Dara Armsden to discuss the possibilities.
I would like to speak to someone about our booking, whom do I contact?
For general inquires, booking & payment information or program logistics, please contact our Education & Interpretive Programs Administrator Sofia Lukie.
What to Expect
Do your programs follow the Alberta Education Programs of Study?
Yes, our school programs directly connect to many areas of the curriculum including: Fine Arts, Language Arts, Social Studies, Science, Spanish and French.
Who delivers AGA School Programs?
Our highly experienced and knowledgeable Education Team! Educators have a diverse range of experiences in both art-making and teaching.
What kinds of services do you offer for students with special needs?
The AGA facilities are equipped to welcome all guests and Educators are trained to differentiate instruction for all students. The AGA is wheelchair accessible and has wheelchairs if needed, available on a first-come, first-served basis at the main level Members & Guest Services Desk.
Is there nudity in the exhibitions?
The figure is an enduring theme for artists and while it is not a focus in School Programs, figurative work may be visible in passing during an on-site tour. Teachers are alerted to potential exposure during the booking process and are encouraged to preview the exhibitions ahead of their visit if they have any concerns.
Arrival at the AGA
What entrance should students use?
All School groups enter the AGA through the front entrance located at the corner of 102A Avenue and 99th Street (facing Sir Winston Churchill Square). Security will be available to let you into the building. Before entry, school groups are required to put on PPE and use hand sanitizer.
Is there a secure place to store our coats, bags, cell phones, cameras, umbrellas, food or water bottles?
The AGA strongly encourages school groups to limit the amount of personal belongings brought to the Gallery. For coats and other needed items, there is a coatroom on the ground floor. Valuables should be kept on person or locked in a locker (cost is $1).
What is considered a needed item?
Students are encouraged to bring a mask, hand sanitizer, water bottle, pencil and notebook for recording observations and sketching.
Is there parking available at the AGA?
There is no parking at the AGA, however there is 2-hour paid street parking and several paid lots in the surrounding area. On the west side of the building, there is a loading zone to drop students off at before parking. *Note: please check the City of Edmonton’s website for up-to-date information on road closures or construction before you come.
After your program
How can I support the AGA’s School & Teacher programs?
Some tangible ways to support AGA Education programming include taking our feedback survey, signing up for our teacher membership, volunteering on our Teacher Advisory Committee, making a donation and spreading the word to all your teacher friends and colleagues. Please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to inquire about these options.