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Adult Literacy

Our adult-literacy offerings are on hold until winter 2023. Read on to find out what’s in store.

We are proud to offer a variety of programs for speakers of languages other than English. We also offer partnerships and class visits for community organizations, libraries, and educators that host adult-literacy (including basic education and high school equivalency) and language-learning classes. All the Brooklyn Museum’s adult-literacy programs are free unless otherwise noted.

Practice Your Language Skills

NOTE: We are pausing We Speak Art and Hablemos de Arte in fall 2023, but we look forward to welcoming you back in spring 2024!

We Speak Art
Join fellow English-language learners and practice your conversational English skills with a discussion inspired by a work of art. All levels of English proficiency are welcome.

Hablemos de Arte
Únase a nosotros para una conversación informal inspirada en una obra de arte y practique su Español mientras intercambia ideas con otros participantes. Todos los niveles de dominio del español son bienvenidos.


For Adult-Literacy Providers

NOTE: We are pausing guided visits in fall 2023, but we look forward to welcoming you and your students back in winter 2023 and spring 2024! If you would like to schedule a self-guided visit for fall 2023, email Note the type of class you teach, the number of students you hope to bring, and possible dates/times (during Museum hours) for your visit. 

Our guided visits for adult-literacy providers support your learners, whether in an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL), Adult Basic Education (ABE), pre-High School Equivalency (pre-HSE), or High School Equivalency (HSE) class. Discover connections across disciplines and deepen student engagement with your curricula through object-based teaching. Close reading and analysis of artworks promote skills that adult-literacy students need, including deductive reasoning and proficiency with persuasive, descriptive, and metaphorical language. Institutions we’ve partnered with include the Brooklyn Public Library, Literacy Assistance Center, CUNY Language Immersion Program (CLIP), YWCA, and NYU Langone.

Single-class visits can be tailored to your topics and goals, providing a forum for students to explore a new idea, apply concepts that they have already started to master, or develop skills through facilitated dialogue. Alternatively, partnerships that incorporate Museum resources throughout the semester allow for in-depth and sustained engagement that can support longer-term goals. 

To arrange a visit with your ABE, pre-HSE, HSE, or ESOL class, or to start planning a partnership program, contact us at