Students discuss artwork at the museum. Aesthetic Education logo with icons for music, dance, visual art, and theatre are superimposed.

Aesthetic Education

Founded by the Lincoln Center for the Performing Arts in New York, Aesthetic Education provides classroom teachers with a method to implement inquiry-based, experiential units of study around specific works of art with the support of Teaching Artists. Through participatory activities and reflections, students further develop their capacities for observation, analysis, questioning, and meaning-making, allowing them to deeply engage and experience works of art while making connections to their personal experiences, the outside world, and beyond.

Vision: An educational environment in which art communities and educators come together to transform students into creative, problem-solving, lifelong learners and lovers of the arts.

Mission: Provide inquiry-based learning experiences for students that harness the power of Muskegon County’s rich art resources and communities.

Teaching Artists Needed

We are currently seeking Teaching Artists to help facilitate in-classroom activities in the areas of music and visual art. Please visit our Application for Aesthetic Education Teaching Artists for more information and to apply!


The Aesthetic Education program requires attendance at a summer institute for both classroom teachers and teaching artists before they can participate in the program.

For more information about the Summer Institute, visit the event registration page.

Authentic Arts Experiences

Performing Arts

  • Arts Midwest presents Israeli ensemble "Sofi and the Baladis" - December 10, 2018
  • Arts Midwest presents Japanese ensemble "Ondekoza" - February 1, 2019
  • MCCA Presents: Indy Opera Resident Artists in Children's Opera - March 2019

Visual Arts

  • Muskegon Museum of Art Exhibitions


Community Partners and Sponsors