Programs

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Get a fresh perspective! University student organizations and community groups are encouraged to schedule group tours of the museum exhibitions and collection. Our docents are happy to tailor their tour to the interests of your group.

Various Days and Times
Tours & Course Visits
Clinician’s Eye

Exposure to art helps medical students build their observational and diagnostic ‘toolkit.’ Launched in 2013 in partnership with UVA's School of Medicine, Clinician’s Eye is based on similar programs at leading medical schools, and includes interactive tours as well as drawing and writing exercises.

Tours & Course Visits
Community Docent

As volunteer museum educators, The Fralin docents serve the community by encouraging close-looking with original works of art, as they lead engaging and interactive tours for school groups and community organizations from across the central Virginia region.

Community Programs
Early Visions

Each year, The Fralin holds Early Visions in partnership with the Boys and Girls Club of Central Virginia. During the ten-week program, Club members are paired with a UVA student mentor working collaboratively on creative activities that encourage the participants to explore the museum's exhibitions and relate their discoveries to their own lives. Mentors and mentees learn about and from one another while making art together!

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Eyes on Art

Continued exposure to art and music can slow the decline of persons with Alzheimer's disease and other memory disorders.

Community Programs
Faculty

The Museum encourages University faculty to utilize our exhibitions and collection to enhance curricular goals in all subject areas. The Museum's innovative teaching galleries provide unique object-based study and research opportunities for UVA. faculty members across a wide-variety of disciplines.

Faculty are welcome to hold classes in the galleries and access pieces from the Museum's permanent collection relevant to their field—from the humanities to the sciences.

University Programs
Fashion as Art 2024 banner

Launched in 2019, Fashion As Art is an annual event series engaging the community with art, fashion, and The Fralin. In partnership with the museum’s Volunteer Board, local businesses, and student groups, the events not only grow awareness of the museum’s mission and programming, but also showcase the depth and breadth of artists and designers from our area and beyond.

Community Programs
Final Fridays

Final Friday has been a favorite event of both students and the Charlottesville community for decades. Held on the last Friday of the month during the academic year, all are welcome to come and enjoy art, music, food, and a variety of activities, such as artmaking and student docent-led gallery talks. 

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Internships

The University Museums Internship Class (undergraduate): ARTH 4951/4952 The University Museums Internship is a two-semester sequence of two three-credit courses. Students will do internships (lasting for an academic year) at either The Fralin Museum of Art or the Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection.

University Programs
K-12 School Tours

Teachers are invited to schedule interactive docent-led tours of current exhibitions for K–12 students.

School Programs
Tours & Course Visits
Older female museum guide pointing to sculpture

Experience the restorative power of art—join docent June Heintz for a 60-minute exploration of one work of art, including mindfulness practices, slow looking, and contextual information.

 

Community Programs
Gordon Avenue children’s librarian Glynis Welte delivering a talk

Gordon Avenue Library’s Glynis Welte brings diverse, relevant, and arts-related books to life with engaging songs, movement, and more. After story time, everyone is invited to get creative and make art inspired by the books and art explored. Stories are chosen with young museum goers in mind with the goal of enriching their experiences of the exhibitions and art on view. 

Various Days and Times
Family Programs
Student Docent Program

Our Student Docents facilitate close-looking with original works of art, gain vital experience as museum educators, and serve the community by leading tours for thousands of area school children every year. 

Tours & Course Visits
University Programs
Teacher Professional Development

The Fralin offers teacher professional development workshops on a range of topics, including arts integration and creative writing.

School Programs
  The Fralin Student Engagement Council

The Student Engagement Council (SEC) at The Fralin Museum of Art is dedicated to deepening and diversifying University student engagement with the museum.

University Programs
The Little Museum of Art

Launched in the summer of 2021, The Fralin’s Little Museum of Art was inspired by a desire to engage with the community during the museum’s

Community Programs
University Course Visits

The Fralin teaching galleries provide unique object-based study and research opportunities for UVA faculty across a wide-variety of disciplines, and the museum encourages University faculty to utilize our exhibitions and collection to enhance curricular goals in all subject areas.

Tours & Course Visits
Writer's Eye student writing in a notebook

Now in its 37th year, Writer’s Eye challenges writers of all ages to use visual art in The Fralin as inspiration for the creation of original poetry and prose. 

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