Empowering families and our communities through art

As MassArt's teaching museum, MAAM inspires people of all ages to broaden their views of contemporary art and culture.

We invite our communities to interact and learn at MAAM through meaningful conversation, inquiry, and careful looking. Through our exhibitions and programs, MAAM empowers youth, families, and our community to experience art as an essential component of learning.

All of MAAM’s educational programs are free of charge and open to the public

  • We promote a sense of belonging in the museum environment and help visitors realize that cultural institutions, such as MAAM, are a resource for learning

  • We inspire learners of all ages to trust their voices and to follow their imagination and creativity

  • We provide opportunities for youth and families to think critically about contemporary art and to develop their artistic vocabulary

  • We help visitors recognize the diversity of art and artists, and promote learning about social issues through art

  • We demonstrate how artmaking is a meaningful activity that youth and families can perform at home

Learn more about upcoming programs and events at MAAM here

A Studio for Ideas, Big and Small

As a community of makers, and as a museum located on the campus of the nation’s only public, independent college of art and design, we value the role artmaking plays in our everyday lives. MAAM makes groundbreaking contemporary art accessible to all - free of charge. 

In the Barkan Family Big Ideas Studio, we invite you to think and act like an artist; experiment with materials and processes, consider big ideas, question the status quo, and imagine the unimagined. Find inspiration in our current exhibitions and explore connections between your creativity and art on view.

A group of people sitting and standing in a room with arts and crafts tools on a white table.

Something for Everyone

Visiting with kids? Great! During your visit, choose from a selection of self-serve activities such as:  

  • sketching cards and I spy activities
  • exhibition guides designed to support intergenerational learning and exploration


The MAAM site is set in MAAM Sans drawn by Nick Sherman (MassArt ’06), Beatrice by Sharp Type, and Stellar by Pangram Pangram.

The site was designed by MassArt alumnæ at Moth Design, written by 43,000 Feet, and developed by pod consulting.

“Our People” shot by Dolphin Photography.