Custom and Culture: Exploring World Communities through Art

Custom and Culture: Exploring World Communities through Art is an exciting new education program designed to engage elementary students in the world around them via a guided exhibition tour and hands-on art making at the Brigham Young University Museum of Art. The program includes pre- and post-museum visit lesson plans to help K-6 classes prepare for and reinforce concepts learned at the museum.

Custom and Culture uses the visual arts to help students and educators learn more about their role in local, national, and international communities while introducing them to the various cultures and ethnicities of their friends and neighbors. The ultimate aim of Custom and Culture: Exploring World Communities through Art is to use the visual arts to help nurture an informed, visually literate, and culturally sensitive generation of young people.

Custom and Culture is a cross-curricular program that incorporates Utah State Core Curriculum Standards in visual arts, social studies, dance, music, and language arts. Museum and classroom activities will implement writing, dance, and music to enhance visual arts learning while exploring themes of community, cooperation, and personal responsibility. Custom and Culture will be adapted to various exhibitions throughout the Museum, providing teachers with a consistent yet versatile program in which to participate each year.

This year the¬†Custom and Culture¬†program has been designed to complement the museum ís upcoming exhibition¬†Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture. Beginning March 5, learners from the K-6 community are invited to the museum to participate in a guided exhibition tour of¬†Beauty and Belief¬†and a hands-on art activity that address themes of storytelling and community.

Registration for Custom and Culture: Exploring World Communities through Art opens on February 1. More information about registration and a registration form can be found by clicking HERE.

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Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Cultures

Museum Hours

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Monday¬†‚ÄēWednesday, Saturday: 10:00 a.m. ‚Äē 6:00 p.m.

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬† Thursday ‚Äē Friday: 10:00 a.m. ‚Äē 9:00 p.m.

·      Closed Sunday

Contact Information

·      Information Desk: 801-422-8287

·      School Program Scheduling: 801-422-5323

·      Website:,

Custom and Culture: Exploring World Communities through Art

Registration Information

·      The 120 minute school program includes a 60-minute interactive exhibition tour and 60-minute hands-on art activity. An educator packet with pre- and post-visit lesson plans is also provided. The fee of $50.00 per class will be waived this winter because of a generous grant from the George S. and Dolores Doré Eccles Foundation.

·      School programs are conducted during regular museum hours with sessions beginning at 10:00 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. and lasting 2 hours.

·      School programs must be scheduled at least two weeks in advance at 801-422-5323.

·      A basic, 45-minute exhibition tour is always available free of charge but does not include art making. Please register for the basic tour at 801-422-1140.

Exhibition Dates

¬∑¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†¬†Beauty and Belief: Crossing Bridges with the Arts of Islamic Culture¬†will be open February 24,¬†2012‚ÄēSeptember¬†29, 2012.

Museum Manners

1.     Thank you for not bringing gum, food, and drinks into the museum.

2.     Please leave your backpacks and large bags at the coat room.

3.¬†¬†¬†¬† Please make sure you are at least one big step away from the artworks so that you don ít accidently touch them.

4.¬†¬†¬†¬† Students, please make sure your teachers don ít get lost!

5.     Thank you for using pencils only in the gallery.

6.     If you have questions, please find a museum employee. We are happy to help!