(MAM) & Yard School of Art offer American, Native American, & contemporary art exhibitions, programs, & classes in NJ
Pictures Concert
This annual spring event is a unique concert experience as New Jersey students explore the intersection of music and visual art. For the last decade, NJ students have been asked to compose music inspired by works of art found in the MAM collections. Guest musicians perform pieces written by students, and student honorees discuss their art-inspired music in a preconcert talk. The next Pictures Concert will be held June 11, 2017!

This program is produced by the New Jersey Arts Collective.



Scholastic Art Awards


The Scholastic Art & Writing Awards is an 91-year-old national program that identifies and develops creative teenagers and offers scholarship opportunities for graduating high school seniors.

The Montclair Art Museum has served as the sole affiliate sponsor of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards in New Jersey since 2009. The competition at MAM focuses on visual art. Its area of service includes the counties of Bergen, Essex, Passaic, Hudson, Hunterdon, Mercer, Middlesex, Monmouth, Morris, Somerset, Sussex, Union, and Warren.
As the New Jersey affiliate of the Scholastic Art & Writing Awards, MAM partners with the Alliance of Young Artists and Writers to identify and recognize teenagers with exceptional artistic talent and offers opportunities to gain national recognition and scholarships for their work.


History & Past Winners

The Yard School of Art
The Montclair Art Museum's Yard School of Art offers art classes and workshops for teens year-round. Browse our offerings



MAM Annual High School Lecture


MAM’s Annual High School Lecture series invites prominent artists to share their insight with teens who are contemplating creative careers. Kameelah Janan Rasheed is an artist/archivist, writer, and former public school social studies teacher whose immersive text-based installations, large-scale public text pieces, publications, sound projects, and discursive programming engage with both figurative and literal language to explore how we narrate the connections between the past, present, and future. 



MAM Portfolio Review Days


MAM Portfolio Reviews allow college-bound students to receive feedback on their visual art portfolios from college art school admission officers. Over 25 schools will be on site and available to meet with students. Please bring 12 to 20 pieces of original work including sketchpads if available. You may bring work in any medium including clothing, jewelry, and sculpture if you can carry it. If you wish your digital work to be viewed, bring your own laptop as well as an additional battery.


The next Portfolio Review Day will be held in the fall, date is TBD.





Students in grades 7 and 8 are invited to participate in Bridges, a free intergenerational art program that brings together people with Alzheimer’s and dementia and middle school students for interactive explorations of artworks, storytelling, and creative expression. The program takes place at the Montclair Art Museum over the course of seven Friday afternoons, 3:30–5:30 p.m.


The program consists of:

  • An initial afternoon training workshop that will offer insights on dementia and introduce students to tools and strategies for engaging with patients.
  • Gallery conversations in which students will be paired with adults with dementia.
  • Several hands-on workshops where students will have the chance to work collaboratively with seniors on a range of creative projects involving, art, music, and storytelling.
  • Students receive a total of 10 hours of community service credit for participating in the full program.

The current session of Bridges has already began. Stay tuned for the next sign up period!




For more information, please contact:
Petra Pankow, Director of Education, 973-259-5157, ppankow@montclairartmuseum.org