Schools & Groups
In addition to providing tours to K-12 groups, the Blaffer strives to create partnerships with schools that regularly visit the museum and works to reach new school groups, often in conjunction with a school visit to the University of Houston and a class assignment.
Artworks created by participating students in a five-year partnership with the High School for Performing and Visual Arts are regularly featured in the museum’s café space, and the Blaffer was named HSPVA's Community Partner of the Year in 2019.
Guided tours of museum exhibitions can spark discussion through inquiry-based learning supported by content delivered via iPads. Tours are free for university groups, K-12 classes, and community groups of 10 or more. Tours are customized to meet curricular assignments and interests of particular groups, and they often can include companion studio art-making workshops.
Blaffer Art Museum's knowledgeable docent corps is comprised of local arts professionals as well as advanced UH undergraduate and graduate students studying art history, fine arts, and arts education. Innovatively, docents often utilize iPads to present content, which sometimes includes short video clips of artist and curator interviews as well as related images and supplemental material.
Free, docent-led tours are made possible by the Martha Meier Scholarship Endowment Fund. Additionally, each year a student docent’s academic study at University of Houston is supported through generous funding from the Minnette and Jerome Robinson Scholarship.