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In-Person and Virtual Programming for Summer 2022

The applications period for the On-Site and Online Summer Institute for Educators program is now closed.

Please check back in February 2023 for next year's application.

This year the Summer Institute for Educators will be offered in two different formats—a two-day, intensive Virtual Program via Zoom June 28–29, 2022, and a three-day, in-person, immersive On-Site Program at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC, July 13–15, 2022.

How might works of art spark engagement, support critical thinking, and foster social-emotional wellness in both students and educators?

The 2022 Summer Institute for Educators invites education professionals of all grade levels and subjects to learn from and connect with thought leaders and practitioners around the power of teaching with art.

Throughout the Institute, participants will: 

  • Learn from content experts about different pedagogies, such as Artful Thinking Routines and Social-Emotional Learning Strategies, that use works of art to strengthen critical thinking and promote wellness in both students and educators.
  • Experience best practices for teaching with works of art to apply in virtual or in-person formal learning environments (classrooms) or informal settings (museums) during interactive sessions facilitated by museum educators, teaching artists, and experienced classroom teachers.
  • Engage in reflective journaling, art-making, and other forms of personal expression in response to works of art and ideas presented in the Institute.
  • Connect with a community of teachers who integrate art into curricula to improve critical-thinking skills and social-emotional well-being among their students. 

Museum educators at the National Gallery of Art have long used Artful Thinking Routines to engage students of all ages in conversations that develop deep thinking with positive social-emotional outcomes. Originally developed by Project Zero at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, Thinking Routines scaffold thinking, increase student engagement, include all student voices, and provide opportunities to develop agency and empathy. Slow looking, active listening, and sharing ideas about art allow for moments of calm, flow, emotional awareness, perspective-taking, and creative expression. The Institute will highlight these approaches to teaching and learning, making them accessible and relevant.

Participants will join a learning community of educators for dynamic experiences with works of art in the National Gallery’s collection. Each day, guest researchers will join our interactive plenary sessions to discuss one facet of our theme, such as developing emotional capacity and empathy, culturally responsive teaching, or documenting students’ social-emotional learning through art.

Museum educators will model how to use Thinking Routines to engage students with works of art. Participants will discuss and apply these ideas in smaller learning groups. Teaching Artist Workshops will encourage personal reflection and creative expression to complement the learning experience. Teaching strategies used in the Institute will be supported by the National Gallery’s Teaching Critical Thinking Through Art online course and the Uncovering America teacher resource.

The Summer Institute will empower educators of all levels, subjects, and roles to bring art into their practice in ways that make a difference for students and revitalize the joy of teaching.

Virtual Institute on Zoom, June 28–29, 2022

We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in February 2023 for next year's application.


The Virtual Institute option, which offers greater accessibility and capacity, will be held Tuesday, June 28, and Wednesday, June 29, 2022, on Zoom through the Whova event-hosting platform. Applicants from all time zones are welcome. The live sessions will be held during business hours in the Eastern Time zone. Applicants should plan to attend the entire two-day program. Participants will need a computer and high-speed internet connection. A detailed schedule will be sent to applicants who are accepted to the Virtual Institute.

Program Fees

The two-day Virtual Institute program fee is $40, due at registration, after acceptance. All participants will receive a short list of suggested art-making materials for the Teaching Artist Workshops.

On-Site Institute at the National Gallery, July 13–15, 2022

We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in February 2023 for next year's application.


The On-Site Institute will be held July 13–15, 2022, at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, DC. Applicants should plan to attend the entire three-day program, Wednesday through Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. Sessions will take place in the galleries and in meeting spaces. A detailed schedule will be sent to applicants who are accepted to the On-Site Institute.

At present, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, all on-site program participants will be required to wear masks. The National Gallery will continue to monitor guidance related to COVID-19 and will share communications related to this with accepted participants.

Program Fees

The three-day On-Site Institute program fee is $120 per person, due at registration, after acceptance. Registration and payment web links will be provided in the acceptance email. All program materials will be provided for on-site participants.

Transportation and Housing

Participants are responsible for their own transportation and housing. A list of suggested housing options will be provided upon admission, but participants should feel free to explore alternatives. In considering housing options in the District of Columbia, please note that the COVID-19 vaccination attestation is currently required in many indoor meeting places, including hotels and restaurants. Learn more about DC’s vaccination requirements.


For the on-site program only, the National Gallery offers a limited number of fellowships for aualified, US-based educators, which waive the program fee and provide a $1,000 stipend for program travel and fee-related expenses for each recipient. Selection of fellows will be based on both financial need and quality of application. Consideration will focus on the individual's statement of purpose, the Institute topic's connection to curriculum or student needs, and anticipated teaching outcomes.

Successful fellowship candidates will be paid upon completion of the program and submission of a two-page report summarizing how they will apply their experience at the Institute to daily teaching or administrative work. 

There is no separate application for the fellowship. If you wish to be considered for a fellowship, please make your intention clear in your Institute application by checking the box designated for fellowship consideration.

If you have been awarded a fellowship, you will be notified in your emailed acceptance letter.

Application Process

We are no longer accepting applications. Please check back in February 2023 for next year's application.

Participants in both the on-site and virtual programs are selected through an application review process. 

Applicants must submit a statement of purpose including

  1. A 250- to 300-word statement explaining why you would like to attend the Institute and how the topic relates to your education practice.
  2. A 50-word plan for sharing what you learn from your Institute experience with students and/or colleagues upon completion of the program.

Selection Criteria

Selection will be based on an individual’s statement of purpose. To encourage diverse geographical representation, efforts will be made to enroll candidates from each of these five US-based regions, as well as international applicants:

  1. Northwest and Alaska
  2. Southwest and Hawaii
  3. Midwest
  4. Northeast
  5. Southeast
  6. International (Participants outside the United States)

In addition, to encourage a diverse range of education professionals, efforts will be made to accept a balance of candidates from each of the following categories:

  1. Early childhood teachers
  2. Elementary teachers
  3. Middle school teachers
  4. High school teachers
  5. Administrators (principals, supervisors, curriculum specialists, etc.)
  6. School counselors
  7. Higher education professors
  8. Museum educators and other informal educators (after-school program facilitators, etc.)

Confirmation: On-Site application

Applicants for the On-Site Institute will be notified of their acceptance by April 15, 2022.

Confirmation: Virtual application

Applicants for the Virtual Institute will be notified of their acceptance by May 29, 2022.


Please direct questions about this program to [email protected]. In your email, provide a telephone number and the times of day when you can be reached.


The 2022 Summer Institute for Educators is supported by generous gifts from the William Randolph Hearst Foundation, the Sara Shallenberger Brown Fund, the PaineWebber Endowment, and the Annetta J. and Robert M. Coffelt Sr. and Robert M. Coffelt Jr. Endowed Fellowship.

Banner detail: Alma Thomas, Tiptoe through the Tulips, 1969,  acrylic on canvas, National Gallery of Art, Washington, Corcoran Collection (Gift of Vincent Melzac), 2015.19.145

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