Last updated: 1/15/2012
Framingham, Massachusetts
Address
123 Union Avenue
Framingham, MA 01702
phone: 508-620-0050
fax: 508-872-5542
web: www.danforthmuseum.org
Hours
Wednesday, Thursday & Sunday 12:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday & Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Monday & Tuesday Closed

Admissions
Members and children under 12 are free of charge. Adults $8; Students and seniors $7.
Museum Type(s)
Art
Staff
Katherine French, Director
phone: 508-620-0050x16
Mary Kiely, Director of Finance & Operations
phone: 508-620-0050x13
Pat Walker, Director of Education
Lisa Leavitt, Associate Curator & Museum Registrar
phone: 508-620-0050x12
Jenn Harris, Assistant Director of Development & Marketing
phone: 508-620-0050x16
Erika Rubin, Marketing Manager
Description

SEE more than 25 exhibitions each year in a series of changing exhibitions. Focusing on American Art from the 18th century to present day, the Museum is dedicated to showing the very best examples of contemporary art by both emerging and established artists, as well as an exploration of the School of Boston Expressionism. Our compelling exhibitions and permanent collection of over 3,500 works of art offer countless opportunities for all ages to explore a range of media and artistic forms of expression from the traditional to installation and new media.

CREATE art in the Danforth Museum School in one of the 400 studio art classes offered each year. Ask about our school vacation, summer and guest artist workshops. Taught by professional artists, classes at all levels offer the opportunity to learn and to create.

CELEBRATE creativity through public programs and special events, such as Drop into Art, artist receptions, lectures, gallery talks, tours and more!

History

Established as a grass roots organization in 1975 by a committed group of citizens, the Danforth Museum of Art has grown to become a vital cultural resource in the MetroWest community. The Museum is housed in a former high school built in 1907, at the Hub of downtown Framingham, the largest town in Massachusetts.

Educational Programs

The the museum hosts seasonal cultural events including but not limited to Family Days, visiting and exhibiting artist gallery talks, lectures and receptions, concerts, artist workshops, tours and a biennial photography event.

The Museum has an active docent program of 35 committed and trained docents that give tours and assist in the Museum's education programs.

Located on the second floor of the Museum, the Danforth Museum School offers more than 490 art classes to approximately 3,000 children and adults each year. K-12 students enjoy both after school and weekend programming, as well as school vacation and summer workshops. The Museum and Museum School have been closely connected since their inception, understanding that Museum exhibits provide a teaching tool for classes, while classes in the Museum School expand upon the experience of viewing museum exhibitions.

The Museum fulfills its mission through expanding cultural and educational programs. More than 400 students visit the Museum each year as part of our Language of Art program, an educational and outreach program for MetroWest’s ESL (English As a Second Language) community.

In the Native American Program, every third grade student in Framingham, visits the Museum for a tour, followed by a hands-on art activity in the Museum School. An increasing number of classes are coming from other MetroWest schools.

Art Tells A Story is a multi-visit museum program for preschool children enrolled in SMOC’s (South Middlesex Opportunity Council, Inc.) Head Start Program.

On the first Sunday of each month, the Drop into Art program provides free admission, teen docent-led tours and exhibition related hands-on art activities in the Museum School to 250 children and parents.

The new Children’s Gallery, dedicated to the art of children’s book illustration, demonstrates the Museum’s firm conviction that picture books are a young child’s first art gallery experience, teaching them about shape and color, as well as visual narrative. This gallery provides a learning environment for all of the Museum’s education programs for children.

Educational and introductory professional experiences are provided to more than 35 students each year, through our College & High School Internship Program.

The Pre-College High School Portfolio Program, which began in summer 2006, was developed for high school students who are considering applying to art school and are working to develop a portfolio.

Finally, the Teen Docent Program trains local area youth, many of whom are at-risk, to master interpretive tour techniques, public-speaking skills, and artistic skills.

Governance

The Danforth Museum of Art is governed by an active Board of Trustees that are representative of many interests and constituencies in the MetroWest community, helping the Museum grow and maintain its status as the high quality art museum that the MetroWest community has come to expect in the Danforth Museum of Art.

Library

Access: Students, Scholars

Appointment required: Yes

Publications

The Danforth Museum of Art publishes a monthly E-newsletter and an Annual Report each year as well as exhibition catalogs for some Museum exhibitions. (1-2 per year)

  • Danforth News E-Newsletter
  • Danforth Museum of Art Annual Report
  • Arthur Polonsky: A Thief of Light, 2008 exhibition catalog
  • Hyman Bloom: A Spiritual Embrace, 2007 exhibition catalog
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