Educational Impact

Collage of several Wexner programs representing educational impact

The Wexner Center provides a multitude of free educational programs and contextual materials exploring the art and issues of our time. These offerings strive to spark discussion, enhance curricula, and provide entry points into the contemporary arts. A sense of fun and play—along with an element of care and resilience—is often woven into these programs.

"The art sparks insight, ideas, creativity, and wonder in the hearts and minds of my students."
Rachel C. Barkeloo, high school visual arts teacher

Each year, the center serves hundreds of diverse K–12 students and teachers from urban, rural, and suburban districts through a suite of free programs under the umbrella Expanded Classroom. These programs foster critical thinking and creative expression, using the contemporary arts as a springboard. The Wex also partners with Columbus City Schools’ Pathways program, which provides free experiential learning opportunities to the district’s students. 

"It's really gratifying to have something that you made out there for the world to see."
Sofi, high school student

All-ages programming is offered in Columbus neighborhoods such as Milo-Grogan, Linden, and the South Side through the center’s Community Studios initiative, featuring local artist educators teaching free classes ranging from ceramics to painting to DJing. Other opportunities for learning include gallery tours, artist talks, filmmaker conversations, and annual endowed lectures including the Lambert Family Lecture and Glimcher Lecture. The Zoom: Family Film and Book Festival allows families to come together for international films, book readings and giveaways, and hands-on art making.