Educational Impact

Collage of several Wexner programs representing educational impact

The Wexner Center’s educational programs are conceived to not only enhance the visitor’s experience of our artistic programming, but also to foster fresh perspectives, critical thinking, debate, and dialogue—all meant to draw meaningful connections between all forms of creative expression and multiple aspects of contemporary life.

"Through 'Pages' I saw that education came through experience and real connection to how things work and why. You didn’t have to be in a classroom to grow."
—Student Jada Millisor, Rutherford B. Hayes High School

The Wex has partnered with roughly 200 schools over the years on such programs as the nationally noted Pages: An Art-and-Writing Program for High School Students; WorldView: Cultural Intersections in Contemporary Art; and Art & Ecology. These programs—all supporting Ohio’s academic content standards, which include cognitive and creative learning processes for student development—provide students with opportunities to develop crucial thinking and writing skills, to express themselves in a safe environment, and to discuss compelling current issues. As Andy Jados, principal of Columbus’s Big Walnut High School, noted, Pages is “by far the best educational experience I have ever observed.”

Public programs for teens—including Ohio Shorts and WexLab workshops—similarly encourage a diverse range of students to confidently explore and express their personal ideas.

Family-focused programs such as Super Sundays and the annual Zoom: Family Film Festival provide unique, outside-the-box opportunities for kids and families to experience the arts together.

A full slate of educational offerings for lifelong learners are offered year-round, including docent-led walk-in tours of exhibitions, Q&A sessions with artists after select film screenings and performances, panels and symposia, and signature lectures by cultural and academic luminaries.