There has never been a time when saying thank you to educators has been more essential. As we approach Teacher Appreciation Week (May 3-7, 2021) it’s easy to reflect on the challenges this past year has brought. Teachers are a resourceful group and without a doubt we have proven that throughout the covid crisis. There are a few perks to the job though, and it’s not only the warm feeling of helping a child! Through my years of teaching I learned to carry my school ID card around because a surprising amount of places provide discounts and perks to educators. So, with art teachers in mind, here are places that show their love and appreciation to teachers with discounted (or even free) products. All these are geared toward art educators.
*Do you have a favorite place that isn’t listed. Email us! We’ll add it.
Art and Craft Stores
- Blick Art Materials
What is the deal? Blick has a free customer loyalty program called BLICK Preferred Customers that rewards their customers with price matching and discounts. Teachers, educators, faculty and staff who are part of the Preferred Customers program can receive 10% off purchases made at Blick Art Materials retail stores when they show a valid school ID at the time of purchase.
- JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores
What is the deal? JOANN Fabric and Craft Stores helps teachers save 15% on every purchase with the JOANN Teacher Rewards Discount card. Verify your teaching credentials when signing up for the free card.
What is the deal? Michaels offers teachers, faculty and staff a 15% discount on both in-store and online purchases. The discount can be used on sale items and it’s easy to sync your teacher status to an existing or new Michaels Rewards account.
What is the deal? Cedar pencil shop Pencils.com has an Educator Discount Program which provides teachers, school administrators and school officials a 10% discount on all orders placed at Pencils.com. You must set up an account at Pencils.com to take advantage of the Educator Discount.
- Dollar Tree
What is the deal? At Dollar Tree, teachers may get 10% off their purchase with a valid school ID. This discount is only available at participating stores – so make sure to ask. Plus, Dollar Tree online has a Teacher Ideas section to help you set up your classroom on the budget you have.\
- Silhouette America
What is the deal? Teachers in the U.S. can apply for special discounts through the Educator Discount Program of Silhouette America. Sign up for a free account and send your credentials to firstname.lastname@example.org (link).
What is the deal? A box of free rulers, no strings (link). Also, free box of pencils (link). Also, free erasures (link).
- Sketch for Schools
What’s the deal? Provides reasonable sketchbooks to schools. Sketchbooks can be customized as well. With every order between now and July they will provide a free specially designed teacher’s sketchbook. No codes needed.
What’s the deal? High school and college teachers of film, photography and other related programs can register to the Adorama Student Educator Program for discounts and expedited shipping on select products (source).
What’s the deal? Teachers can get 60% off their first year of Adobe Creative Cloud when they purchase directly from the Adobe Store. Proof of eligibility is required (link).
What’s the deal? The Apple Store for Education offers discounted rates on MacBooks, iPads, and other Apple accessories to college educators and home school teachers (link).
- Barnes and Nobles
What’s the deal? 20% off purchases for classroom use, 25% during Educator Appreciation Days
What’s the deal? Bookmans offers educators currently teaching in the classroom a 20% discount on all entertainment exchange purchases with membership in Project: Educate. We do require proof of current employment to sign up for Project: Educate. Bring your confirmation email, a valid ID and your proof to your nearest Bookmans location after signing up.
What’s the deal? 20% off purchases for the classroom with a BAM Educator’s Card
- Adventure Science Center
What is the deal? Tennessee Teachers (preK-12th grade) get free general admission with a valid teacher ID. (Does not include Planetarium show.)
- Art Institute of Chicago
What is the deal? Free admission to Illinois educators when you register online and show a current school ID.
- Boston Children’s Museum
What is the deal? Free admission for active New England K-8 Teachers with a valid work ID, union card, or pay stub AND photo ID.
- Carnegie Science Center
What is the deal? Offers free admission once a year to K-12 educators in Pennsylvania, Ohio, West Virginia, New York, and Maryland.
- Colonial Williamsburg
What is the deal? A 50% admission discount is available to educators year-round. Be sure to present a valid teacher ID at the ticketing office
- Crayola Experience
What is the deal? Teachers receive free admission every day by showing a valid school ID or a recent pay stub plus a photo ID at the admission’s counter. Available in Florida, Pennsylvania, and Minnesota. (There is a Crayola Experience in Texas, however it does not state their teacher discount policy online.)
- Discovery World
What is the deal? Free admission when you sign up online using your school email address. You will receive a confirmation email within 2 weeks with instructions on how to obtain your personal Educator Community Card. With the card, you also get free access to VIP Tours of Labs and Studios.
- Elvis Presley’s Graceland
What is the deal? K-12 teachers receive free admission to tour the former Memphis, Tenn. estate of The King with a valid school ID or recent pay stub or dated letter on school letterhead stating you’re a teacher at your school.
- Exploratorium in San Francisco
What is the deal? Offers free admission to California K-12 teachers. Teachers must apply online for the voucher.
- The Field Museum of Chicago
What is the deal? Teachers from throughout Illinois (PreK-12) receive free Basic admission.
- The Florida Aquarium
What is the deal? Florida (VPK-12 grade) teachers can apply online for the Teacher Study Program which gives them complimentary admission to The Florida Aquarium for the school year. According to their website, applications must be completed at least 72 hours prior to your first visit. (Walk-ups will pay full Aquarium admission).
- Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
What is the deal? Massachusetts Teachers Association members can celebrate Boston’s favorite female patron of the arts for half-off regular admission, or enjoy buy one, get one free pairs of tickets. Faculty of participating universities in the University Membership Program enjoy complimentary museum admission.
- Kennedy Space Center
What is the deal?The Educator Study Pass offers Florida, Georgia, Puerto Rico and U.S. Virgin Islands teachers complimentary access to Kennedy Space Center’s Educator Resource Center. Present a valid teacher’s certificate, teacher ID, or letter on school letterhead signed by the principal.
- Legoland in Florida
What is the deal? Florida teachers (PreK-12) get one year of free admission to the park by presenting their valid FDOE Professional (or Temporary) Certificate, a recent paystub (within 30 days) and current Florida photo ID. The pass expires one year after the first use.
- Mark Twain Boyhood Home and Museum in Missouri
What is the deal? Teachers enjoy a free visit at the birthplace of Missouri’s wittiest state treasure when visiting with a school group.
- Milwaukee Art Museum
What is the deal? Wisconsin K-12 teachers who present a valid school ID or pay stub will receive free admission to the museum.
- Museum of Science, Boston
What is the deal? Teachers of grades K-12 can register for the free Teacher Partner Program at the Museum of Science to receive a slew of exclusive benefits, including free individual exhibit passes, discounted annual memberships, and 10-percent off at the Museum Store.
- Museum of Science + Industry in Chicago
What is the deal? Illinois teachers (pre-K through 12th grade) receive free entry by showing a valid I.D.
- Natural History Museum
What is the deal? California K-12 teachers get free admission any day of the week with a school ID or current paystub.
- New England Aquarium
What is the deal? K-12 teachers currently employed in a New England school system can enjoy free admission, discounts, and more. Apply online by providing a school email and a mailing address to be considered for the Teacher Pass Program.
- Orlando Science Center
What is the deal? Free for Florida teachers with a valid teaching certificate, school ID, or copy of your most recent paystub.
- Peabody Essex Museum
What is the deal? New England educators always receive free admission to PEM!
- Perot Museum
What is the deal? Offers Texas and bordering states (Arkansas, Louisiana, New Mexico, Oklahoma, and Mexico) Pk-12 grade teachers free admission when you show proof of current teaching status at the Museum Box Office.
What is the deal? Free teacher admission is available for Florida teachers visiting the Orlando park, California and Arizona teachers visiting the San Diego park, and Texas teachers visiting the San Antonio park. Teachers must preregister by clicking on the links.
- Shedd Aquarium
What is the deal? Teachers from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, and Wisconsin can register online to receive a voucher for a complimentary general admission. (It does not state online how long it will take for you to receive the voucher.)
- South Carolina Aquarium
What is the deal? South Carolina K-12 teachers receive free admission. Must show photo ID and one of the following: current teacher ID, a paystub issued in the last 90 days, or South Carolina teaching certificate.