MoNA Link provides comprehensive art education for students from pre-K to middle school, in school districts throughout Skagit County. The program includes three components:

1. Classroom art projects are developed collaboratively between the museum educator and the classroom teacher to link museum exhibits, art skills, and grade-level curriculum, aligning with state learning standards.

2. Students visit MoNA three times a year to see new exhibits, learn new art techniques, and develop the skills to speak and write about art with confidence. Each museum visit features a literacy component, including drawing and reflective writing on a work of art.

3. MoNA Link teachers participate in a challenging two-year professional development program covering visual art concepts, hands-on art making, Visual Thinking Strategies, and Northwest Native and contemporary art.



Since 2003, the program has served over 8,000 students and provided training for 152 teachers in the school districts of Anacortes, Bellingham, Burlington-Edison, Concrete, La Conner, Mount Vernon, Mount Baker, Sedro-Woolley and Stanwood-Camano.

The program encourages children to become confident communicators, engaged listeners, active observers, and creative problem solvers. MoNA Link builds vital skills for today’s students and educators.


Proven Method

Students engage with tour leaders trained in Visual Thinking Strategies (VTS), a research-based teaching method that improves critical thinking, language and observation skills through discussion of visual art. VTS encourages participation and self-confidence.

Studies since 1991 have shown that VTS builds critical thinking skills that transfer to writing, math, social studies, and science. VTS provides measurable academic growth in students with varying ethnicities, income levels, and school achievement. Over two to three years, VTS students demonstrate significantly greater academic growth than control groups.


Growing Opportunity

In 2011 the program expanded to include pre-K classes, enhancing early education opportunities in our community to encourage future academic success. In 2013 MoNA formed a partnership with the Skagit County Historical Museum to extend opportunities for museum-based learning for students in MoNA Link. Now the museum aims to bring MoNA Link to more schools without existing art education programs.


If you are a teacher, administrator, parent or community member who would like more information on this exciting education opportunity, please contact our Education Director, Jasmine Valandani or 360-466-4446 ext 101


Thank you to our supporters of the Education Program:

Anacortes Arts Festival   ArtsWAUS Bank


Museum of Northwest Art


The Museum of Northwest Art connects people with the art, diverse cultures and environments of the Northwest. 



MoNA collects and exhibits contemporary art from across the Northwest, including Alaska, British Columbia, California, Idaho, Montana, Oregon and Washington.