All on-site programs and activities, including guided and self-guided group visits, are suspended until further notice in order to facilitate physical distancing and a safe on-site experience within the ICA. Learn more about updated health and safety protocol.

Are you part of a University Member school planning to visit as a class? To support physical distancing, a limited number of visitors will be admitted per hour. Advance timed tickets are required to allow for contactless entry. Small groups of 8 or less are permitted, but each student and faculty member must fill out the ticket request form individually (1 form per person).

 

Virtual Visits 

K-12 Virtual Visits

These live, real-time online “visits” are led by an ICA educator over Zoom or the group’s preferred videoconferencing platform. During each Virtual Visit, students will engage in slow looking at artworks from the ICA’s collection, allowing them to be present in the moment, think critically, and hone their visual literacy. Thematic topics explore how contemporary artists question and make sense of the world. Virtual Visits are highly interactive, with opportunities for students to consider multiple perspectives through collaborative meaning-making using verbal and non-verbal responses. Students will reflect on their own place in the world with art-making, discussion, or other multimodal prompts. 

Virtual Visits are available for K-12 school and community groups Monday – Friday, 9 AM – 4 PM EST. Each visit lasts 40 minutes. Because of the interactive nature of Virtual Visits, we can only accommodate one class (30 students max) per session. At least one teacher or adult group leader must be present for each Virtual Visit. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.  

Plan your Virtual Visit

Scheduling Virtual Visits for more than one class? Use this form instead

K-12 Virtual Visit Themes

Artist as Storyteller (grades K-6) 
How do artists tell stories? During this Virtual Visit, students will consider the narrative possibilities of work by contemporary artists including Njideka Akunyili Crosby and Sanya Kantarovsky. Students will also explore the literary elements character and setting while developing their own unique stories using ICA collection artworks to spark their imaginations. 

Materials needed: paper and a writing/drawing tool of choice. 

Methods and Materials: Interior Spaces (grades K-6)
How do contemporary artists choose the materials that make up their work? How is an artist’s process related to their subject matter? During this Virtual Visit, students will explore work by ICA collection artist Mickalene Thomas and discuss the role interior spaces play in our lives. The Virtual Visit will include an artmaking session during which students will explore the themes uncovered in Thomas ’s work and create an interior of their own. 

Materials needed: scissors, paper, and a writing/drawing tool of choice.

Sense of Self (grades 7-12)
How do artists represent ideas related to identity with their work? How do our own identities impact how we see and understand an artist’s work? During this Virtual Visit, students will look at work by ICA collection artists including Tschabalala SelfLorna Simpson, and Cindy Sherman. Students will reflect on the artists’ work through group discussion, writing, and drawing prompts. 

Materials needed: paper and a writing/drawing tool of choice. 

Power and Representation (grades 7-12) 
How do the concepts of power and representation influence contemporary artists? During this Virtual Visit, students will look at work by ICA collection artists including Nick Cave, LaToya Ruby Frazier, and Nari Ward. Through close looking, group discussion, writing, and drawing prompts, students will consider how contemporary artists reflect on who holds power and who gets represented in art, museums, and beyond. 

Materials needed: paper and a writing/drawing tool of choice. 

Methods & Materials: Foil Thrones (grades 7-12)  
What materials and decisions do artists make and why? During this Virtual Visit, students will explore two sculptural artworks by ICA collection artists Wangechi Mutu and Nari Ward. Through observation and art-making exercises students will investigate the tools, materials, and other choices these artists make as part of their creative processes. Students will design and sculpt model-sized tinfoil sculptures using similar frameworks as these artists.  

Materials needed: paper and writing/drawing tool of choice, a piece of tin foil (at least 8.5” x 11”) or paper (could be newspaper, scrap paper, etc.). 

K-12 Virtual Visit Rates

One class (30 students max): $100 
Each additional class: $50 
Boston Public Schools and Title I Schools: Free 

Payment is due on the day of your Virtual Visit. 

K-12 Virtual Visit FAQ

What videoconferencing platform is used for Virtual Visits? 
Virtual Visits can be hosted through the ICA’s Zoom account or through the school/group’s videoconferencing platform of choice. Many K-12 teachers and group leaders prefer to host via their own virtual platform for security reasons or because of district requirements. In this case, the ICA educator must have the capability to screen share.

What technology is required for Virtual Visits? 
A computer or mobile device with camera and microphone and access to the internet is required. A computer or tablet is ideal in order to best view images of artworks. Learn more about joining a Zoom meeting at https://support.zoom.us.  

If joining as a group from a single device, an internet-connected computer or web-enabled device connected to a projector, large monitor, or Smartboard is required. An external or built-in webcam positioned to see the group, and an external noise-cancelling conference microphone are also required.  

Is recording allowed? 
For the security and privacy of students and ICA educators, recordings of Virtual Visits are not permitted. 

Are students required to have their cameras on? 
Students are encouraged to have their cameras on during the Virtual Visit, but this is not a requirement.  

Can a test call be scheduled? 
Test calls are not required, but one may be scheduled if the teacher/group leader prefers. 

What happens if there is a technology failure? 
In the case of the host’s internet connection failure or other unforeseen technology issue that prevents the Virtual Visit from occurring, you will have the option to reschedule your Virtual Visit for a later date or receive a refund for any applicable payments. 

Is the ICA educator live from the ICA galleries during the Virtual Visit? 
No, Virtual Visits are not conducted live from the ICA galleries. The ICA educator will show hi-resolution photographs and details of artworks from the collection through screen share.   

Can two Virtual Visits be scheduled at the same time? 
We are only able to schedule one Virtual Visit at a time, but we are happy to work with you to schedule multiple Virtual Visits on the same day or during the same week. 

Can Virtual Visits be customized to include specific requests? 
At this time, we are not able to customize Virtual Visits to include specific artists or exhibitions. 

Are any supplies required? 
Students will be invited to write and/or draw as part of the Virtual Visit. Students should have some plain paper (any color/size will work, including scrap paper) and a writing or drawing tool of their choice (pencil/pen/marker/etc). For Methods and Materials, additional supplies are required. See theme descriptions for more information.

Do Virtual Visits include art making? 
The Artist as StorytellerSense of Self, and Power and Representation sessions include simple writing and drawing prompts. Additional Virtual Visit offerings will be available later this fall that will include more extensive art making. Methods and Materials lessons include more extensive art making.

What role does the teacher/group leader play during the Virtual Visit? 
A teacher or adult group leader is required to be present during the Virtual Visit. Teachers can assist the ICA educator by encouraging participation, calling on students who raise their hands, and muting/unmuting as applicable. 

What accessibility accommodations are available? 
We can provide closed captioning or ASL interpretation with advance notice if hosting through the ICA’s Zoom account. Please let us know at least 2 weeks in advance if any of your participants require any accessibility accommodations. 

What is your payment policy? 
Any fees associated with your Virtual Visit are due on the day of your visit. You may pay with credit card through a secure online invoice included in your confirmation email or by check. 

What is your cancelation policy? 
If you need to cancel or reschedule your Virtual Visit, 48-hour notice is required. 

Need more info? Contact us

 

Virtual Visits for Adult Groups 

Gather virtually with friends or colleagues and get to know the ICA from the comfort of your own homes with an ICA Virtual Visit. These live, real-time online “visits” are led by an ICA educator over Zoom or the group’s preferred videoconferencing platform. Virtual Visits are perfect for senior living communities, corporate groups, book clubs, or any other group who enjoys looking at and talking about art together. Groups can choose from three thematic offerings, each carefully crafted to engage participants in close looking at a diverse range of ICA collection artists. Virtual Visits are designed to be interactive, and participants are encouraged to share their observations, interpretations, and questions throughout. 

Virtual Visits are available Monday — Friday, 9 AM — 4 PM EST. Each visit lasts 45 minutes. Because of the interactive nature of Virtual Visits, we can only accommodate 30 group members max per session. Please schedule at least 2 weeks in advance.  

Plan your Virtual Visit

Adult Virtual Visit Themes

ICA Highlights  
Learn about the ICA’s 85-year history in Boston, including its ongoing commitment to a wide range of contemporary visual and performing arts, the opening of its visionary Diller Scofidio + Renfro building on Boston’s waterfront in 2006, and the introduction of a satellite location in East Boston – The ICA Watershed – in 2018. Participants will also be introduced to highlights from the ICA’s collection of contemporary visual art, a diverse mix of work from the twentieth and twenty-first centuries. 

The Figure in Contemporary Art 
The human figure has been the subject matter of artists for centuries. During this Virtual Visit, participants will consider how contemporary artists both challenge and celebrate the historic traditions of figurative painting and sculpture with a focus on ICA collection artists including Tschabalala Self, Nick Cave, and Simone Leigh. 

Contemporary Photography 
Contemporary artists use photography to document the present moment, explore identity, and challenge our understanding of the medium’s purpose. During this Virtual Visit, participants will discuss photographs by ICA collection artists including Cindy Sherman, Rineke Dijkstra, and LaToya Ruby Frazier

Adult Virtual Visit Rates

One group (30 participants max): $150

Payment is due on the day of your Virtual Visit. 
Discounts available for non-profits or groups experiencing financial hardships.

Adult Virtual Visit FAQ

What videoconferencing platform is used for Virtual Visits?  
Virtual Visits can be hosted through the ICA’s Zoom account or through the group’s videoconferencing platform of choice. If the group is hosting through their own virtual platform, the ICA educator must have the capability to screen share. 

What technology is required for Virtual Visits?  
A computer or mobile device with camera and microphone and access to the internet is required. A computer or tablet is ideal in order to best view images of artworks. Learn more about joining a Zoom meeting at https://support.zoom.us.   

If joining as a group from a single device, an internet-connected computer or web-enabled device connected to a projector, large monitor, or Smartboard is required. An external or built-in webcam positioned to see the group, and an external noise-cancelling conference microphone are also required.   

Is recording allowed?  
For the security and privacy of group members and ICA educators, recordings of Virtual Visits are not permitted.  

Can a test call be scheduled?  
Test calls are not required, but one may be scheduled if the group leader prefers.  

What happens if there is a technology failure?  
In the case of the host’s internet connection failure or other unforeseen technology issue that prevents the Virtual Visit from occurring, you will have the option to reschedule your Virtual Visit for a later date or receive a refund for any applicable payments.  

Is the ICA educator live from the ICA galleries during the Virtual Visit?  
No, Virtual Visits are not conducted live from the ICA galleries. The ICA educator will show hi-resolution photographs and details of artworks from the collection through screen share.    

Can Virtual Visits be customized to include specific requests?  
At this time, we are not able to customize Virtual Visits to include specific artists or exhibitions.  

Can larger groups be accommodated for an additional fee? 
Because of the interactive nature of Virtual Visits, we ask that groups not exceed 30 participants. If your group is larger than 30 members, please contact us at tours@icacboston.org to discuss options. 

What accessibility accommodations are available?  
We can provide closed captioning or ASL interpretation with advance notice if hosting through the ICA’s Zoom account. Please let us know at least 2 weeks in advance if any of your participants require any accessibility accommodations.  

What is your payment policy?  
Any fees associated with your Virtual Visit are due on the day of your visit. You may pay with credit card through a secure online invoice included in your confirmation email or by check.  

What is your cancelation policy?  
If you need to cancel or reschedule your Virtual Visit, 48-hour notice is required. 

Need more info? Contact us

 

ICA Kids and Family programs are supported, in part, by Vivien and Alan Hassenfeld, the Hassenfeld Family Foundation, the Willow Tree Fund, Alexion Pharmaceuticals, Inc., and the Raymond T. & Ann T. Mancini Family Foundation.

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