KAM–WAM Students in the Bow Gallery


The Krannert Art Museum—Week at the Museum (KAM–WAM) programs give elementary school classes the opportunity to attend school at the museum for an extended amount of time. These collaborative programs are unique and constantly evolving educational experiences founded in partnership with community educators who value interactive, non-traditional approaches to teaching curricular areas using art at the museum.

Levels of Engagement

Program Requirements

Application Information/Statement of Intent

Levels of Engagement

Originally, students participating in KAM–WAM spent a “Week at the Museum,” and many students still do. Yet now, the museum offers two levels of engagement, an improvement which allows the museum to work with many schools with varying needs. For planning purposes, the museum requires schools to apply in advance for these partnership programs, outlined below.

1. KAM–WAM: Krannert Art Museum—Week at the Museum (Grades 3 and up)
Students and teachers spend one week at the museum. The arts-infused, interdisciplinary curriculum connects to the works of art on display at the museum while addressing Common Core standards. The curriculum is co-developed and co-taught by educators from the school and KAM. Most KAM–WAMs culminate with an opening reception where students share their work and experiences from the week with their family and friends. After each KAM–WAM, student artwork is left on display in the Hood Classroom.

One Professional Development Day
The teaching team from the participating school is excused from teaching for one day of professional development so that they can meet with KAM educators and prepare for the week of instruction. This professional development day has been approved by both the Champaign and Urbana School districts.

One Orientation Presentation
A KAM educator will lead an introductory lesson at the school for each participating classroom.

Students and teachers spend one week at Krannert Art Museum.

Program Availability:
In the 2017–18 year, Krannert Art Museum has the capacity to partner with up to six teaching teams for its KAM–WAM programs.

If more than six teaching teams apply for a KAM–WAM partnership, a committee consisting of KAM museum educators and the fine arts coordinators from the Champaign and Urbana school districts will assess the needs of the schools as well as the effectiveness of the team’s past collaborative efforts in order to make a final decision about the partnership.

Learn How to Apply for KAM–WAM

2. KAM–BAM: One Day At the Museum
Students and teachers spend one day at the museum. Students are led on guided, thematic tours in the form of a scavenger hunt and participate in hands-on activities that respond to artworks on display. This option is less intensive and collaborative, but still provides an engaging Common Core standards-based museum experience for the students.

One Orientation Presentation
A KAM educator will lead an introductory lesson at the school for each participating classroom.

Students and teachers spend one day at Krannert Art Museum.

Program Availability:
Any school can submit statements of intent for one or more KAM–BAM day(s). Krannert Art Museum is excited to work with new schools and will make special efforts to include new schools on its list of partnerships.

Learn How to Apply for KAM–BAM

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Program Requirements

Eligible Schools
Due to the museum's partnerships with Urbana School District #116 and Champaign Unit 4, at this time we can offer KAM–BAM and KAM–WAM programs only to Urbana and Champaign public schools.

We love working with new schools, yet we find it best for new schools to complete a one-day KAM–BAM program before committing to a week-long KAM–WAM.

If you are an interested school outside of Urbana School District #116 or Champaign Unit 4, we are happy to provide experiences similar to our KAM–BAM program that take the form of an extended, docent-led tour. Please visit the Educational Tours page for more information and to request a tour.

Number of Students
Each KAM–BAM can accommodate 25–50 students (one or two classrooms).

Each KAM–WAM can accommodate 50–75 students (two or three classrooms).

We now offer two options for KAM–WAM teams with three classrooms:

3 Classroom KAM-WAM:
All three classrooms attend the same week-long program with a maximum of 75 students attending. For this scenario, we ask for a minimum of 7 teachers to plan on attending. We are only capable of offering two WAMs for this option for the 2017-2018 school year.

KAM–WAM School Partnership:
Two classrooms attend one KAM–WAM. The third classroom will partner with a classroom from another school for an additional KAM–WAM. Two separate applications must be completed. We will help find and facilitate a partnership between schools if this option is available.

Please note, participating classrooms do not all need to be at the same grade level. All students from the selected classrooms must be given the opportunity to participate. In other words, students from several classrooms cannot be selected based on behavior to make up a group of 50 students.

Teacher Teams
It is essential for all members to want to be part of the teaching team and to value the experience they are creating for their students. For 50 students, the museum requests to work with a team of five teachers from the school. For 75 students (three classroom WAMs only), the museum requests to work with a team of seven teachers.

In addition to the classroom teachers, participating schools must send teachers and support staff to meet the needs of all students. There are no other set rules as to who must be on the team. As stated previously, the participating classrooms do not need to be at the same grade level; it is more important to have a team willing to work together and with museum educators.

The teachers who are often part of the team are:

  • Classroom teachers
  • Art teacher
  • Music teacher
  • Dance/Drama teacher
  • Literacy specialist
  • Enrichment teacher
  • Instructional coach

Art Teachers
Due to museum accreditation requirements, studio space will not be available on site at KAM. All art activities and materials must be dry and approved by KAM educators ahead of time.

Participation in Research
All schools partnering with KAM will be asked to participate in the museum's research efforts to evaluate the KAM–WAM programs.

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Applications, Teacher Statements & School Support Letters for Academic Year 2017–2018

Application forms are available now and are due Friday, May 5, 2017.

In order to assess school commitment to each partnership and to solidify the museum schedule for next year, it is necessary for each school to submit a complete application.

Schools are welcome to apply for more than one BAM or WAM program. Please submit separate applications for each program.

At the time of application, each school is required to:

  • Indicate grade level(s) of participating classrooms and the total number of students
  • Choose a level of engagement (KAM–WAM or KAM–BAM)
  • Identify members of the teaching team
  • Select 3 possible dates from the offered options
  • Provide a brief personal, written statement from each teacher on the team
    (Note: Teachers who are participating with multiple teams, such as the Art teacher or Music teacher, may use the same personal statement in each application.)
  • Upload a signed letter of support from the school administrator and participating teachers indicating support for the partnership

Every effort will be made to accommodate schools as long as they assemble a full teaching team as outlined in the Program Requirements section above. Teaching teams will be notified before the beginning of the 2017–18 school year with dates for their KAM–WAM and KAM–BAM programs.

Please contact Anne Sautman, Director of Education, with any questions.

Krannert Art Museum–Week at the Museum is sponsored in part by Champaign Unit 4 Schools, Urbana School District #116, the University of Illinois Office of Public Engagement, Champaign Urbana Schools Foundation, Close Friend Foundation, Curtis C. Nash Children's Creativity Fund, Lumpkin Family Foundation, Sandra Casserly, Harold G. and Nancy A. Diamond in memory of Dorothy R. Altman, Kathleen Harleman, Joan and Peter Hood, Icko and Miriam Iben, Krannert Art Museum Council, John and Alice Pfeffer, Brian and Gloria Rainer in memory of Marjorie McFarlane, Katherine Snyder, Robert and Bonnie Switzer, Jean Tello in honor of Suzie Connors, Edward and Nancy Tepper, Scott and Virginia B. Webster Trust, Pamela Wells, Paul Wieland in memory of Diane J. Wieland and an Anonymous Memorial Gift

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