The Minneapolis Institute of Arts

Teaching the Arts
a monthly online newsletter for teachers

January 2007


Dear Teacher,

Do your students have the winter blues? Brighten your classroom's mood with a visit to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts. Our galleries are full of colorful objects to explore!

Teacher Resources Department



Tiger Pillow Information Feature: Chinese Tiger Pillow
A pillow like this could mean a good night of sleep and good luck for its owner.

Each monthly feature presents information on works of art from the MIA's permanent collection with related links and classroom activity ideas.

View this month's feature.
Free Student Tours
Did you know that admission to the Minneapolis Institute of Arts is always free? Did you know that all guided tours are free? Yes, that's right! Free!

So don't delay! Signing your classroom up for a tour of the museum is simple. Just fill out a tour request form, mail it in, and we will confirm your tour date.

The MIA offers over 30 different tour topics, or we'll design a tour that fits your curriculum needs.

Download a tour request form.
Maya Dreams: Textile Traditions of the Guatemala Highlands Maya Dreams: Textile Traditions of the Guatemala Highlands
Full of brilliant colors and rich patterns, these Guatemalan textiles will brighten up any gloomy winter day. This exhibition features the history, technique, color, and imagery of the Maya textile tradition.
Located in Galleries 255-256 until April 8, 2007. Admission is free.

More information about the exhibition.
Custom Consultations
Looking for ways to integrate museum resources into your classroom curriculum? Contact the Teacher Resources department for a free custom consultation. Email classroommaterials@artsmia.org or call (612) 870-3134.

Learn more about museum membership.
On Dragon's Wings Try This Tour...
On Dragon's Wings: Arts of China

See how dragons and guardian spirits reflect ancient traditions and beliefs, how artists delight in the beauty of the mountains and mist, and how Chinese scholars spend their days in pursuits both serious and whimsical.

Download a tour request form.

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Minneapolis Institute of Arts
2400 Third Avenue South
Minneapolis, MN 55404
(612)870-3131