Outreach Trunks
Enhance your curriculum by borrowing an outreach trunk with connections to artworks in Joslyn's collections and exhibitions. Trunks are available for loan - FREE of charge - to regional community groups and schools, and local homeschool teachers. Each trunk has touchable objects, a CD of images, and/or posters, books, videos, and a trunk guide with teacher information. These resources strengthen students' appreciation of art, prepare them for a Museum visit, and help tie visual art into the teaching of many subject areas.

Trunks may be borrowed for up to three weeks. Please schedule at least four weeks in advance. Joslyn ships trunks to schools (with ten or more students) in Nebraska and Iowa outside the greater Omaha area. Schools receiving a trunk via UPS are responsible for return shipping. Educators within the Omaha area must pick up and return the trunks to the Museum.

Looking for different topics? Check out the loanable materials available through Joslyn's Teacher Resource Center.

African American Art
Discover some of the important contributions that African American visual artists have made through reproductions, hands-on activities, and lesson plans suitable for all grade levels.      
Ancient Egypt
Explore this ancient culture with exciting new lesson plans, artifacts, photo reproductions, games, and more.    
Ancient Greece and Rome
Handle reproductions of Greek pottery and bronze artifact reproductions; assemble a caternary arch; examine photo reproductions, slides, and books; and learn about ancient history and culture.    
Contemporary Native American Art
Contemporary Native American Art Use pottery, sculpture, and collage materials from artists, as well as interviews, photographs, slides, and videos, to discover Native American artists including Bob Haozous, Jacquie Stevens, and Arthur Amiotte.                                  
A world of light and color is revealed through videos, games, books, print reproductions, and postcards.               
Mexican Art and Culture
Mexican Art and Culture use this trunk to expose students to Mexican culture. Poster reproductions and transparencies of artworks, touchable folk art objects, and games inspire young learners. Lesson and activity plans are included for grades K-6, although many activities can be adapted for older students.                 
Multicultural Art and the Student with Special Needs
Designed with the student with special needs in mind, this outreach trunk is a multicultural touch tour of object reproductions from around the world, paired with adaptable lesson plans. The focus on the basic elements of art will help to build an arts foundation for your class. Includes a copy of the teacher’s guide object labels in Braille.             
People of the Southwest and Plains
Enrich your teaching with authentic pieces of pottery, weaving, basketry, and other crafts, as well as photo reproductions, slides, books, and videos highlighting Native artisans.                                 
The Adapted Artist: Tools & Activities for Students with Special Needs
A mini-trunk which includes adaptable art making tools, videos, books and activities which stimulate the mind and the imagination as well as develop fine motor skills.                                        
Travels into the Interior of North America, the Maximilian-Bodmer Expedition, 1832-1834
Travel with these explorers of the North American frontier using an expedition map, hands-on materials from nature, printmaking tools, and videos of a historic journey.