Education Resources

Current Exhibition:

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015 – September 4, 2016

AVAM's all new exhibition champions the radiant and transformative power of hope, and features work by 25+ visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas.


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Education Mission

Our educational mission includes preparing materials for teachers to make their class visits more fun and informative. You can download PDF files here to print as handouts for your students when they visit the museum and for use in the classroom.



Margaret Munz-Losch, Early Bird (detail), photo courtesy the artist

The Big Hope Show

October 3, 2015–September 4, 2016

The Big Hope Show opens on the eve of the American Visionary Art Museum's 20th anniversary celebration and is an original and unabashedly idealistic, art exhibition that champions the radiant and transformative power of hope. Over twenty-five visionary artists, among them many "super survivors" of enormous personal traumas, exhibit soulful creations reflecting their personal transcendence, and, often, a heightened or newfound creativity and sense of humor. This timely exhibition unveils the fiercely blissful art of psychedelic rock pioneer and Flaming Lips frontman Wayne Coyne, alongside Bobby Adams, an outsider artist/photographer who documented his strange, mid-century Baltimore upbringing and multi-decade immersion in filmmaker John Waters' band of inclusive renegades, the "Dreamlanders." With an installation of Herman's House, a visceral depiction of the life and artistry of the late Herman Wallace by activist/artist Jackie Sumell, and new works from fabric artist and cancer survivor Chris Roberts-Antieau, colored pencil master Margaret Munz-Losch, sculpture by Nancy Josephson, anonymous PostSecrets selected by Frank Warren, and many more. Curated by museum founder and director Rebecca Alban Hoffberger, The Big Hope Show aims to inspire a clearer, more hopeful, communal roadmap forward by shining a big exhibition spotlight on just what ignites and sustains human hope.


Educational Materials:

PDF files - right click & choose "Save File" to download.

CLICK HERE to view an Archive of Educational Materials from our past exhibitions.

"BALTIMORE BLUES" Art Car featured in AVAM's JRVC


Building an ArtCar can be a fun project for both individuals and as class projects - your class can even be in the next art car parade! Download this handy guide to get started:

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PDF files may require Adobe Reader