Education

Community Engagement

Community Engagement staff build and maintain relationships with the Boston community and offer programs and educational opportunities that connect diverse audiences with the museum's rich collections, special exhibitions, concerts, and other resources. Focusing on non-traditional museum audiences, the Gardner's community engagement strategy is collaborative and designed to ensure welcoming and meaningful experiences for visitors of all ages.

Programming Includes:

  • Neighborhood Nights
  • Frank Hatch Day
  • Opening Our Doors Day
  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day
  • School Vacation week activities (December, February, and April)

Open Studio and Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series

Every Saturday we invite visitors of all ages to explore the creative process. This drop-in program includes looking, discovering, and art-making inspired by the Gardner collection and special exhibitions. Once a month the Studio's Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series features artists from the Boston area who demonstrate how living artists think about and respond to artworks in the museum, and spark dialogue about creativity past and present.

Open Studio

Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. Education and community programs are also supported by Robert and Pamela Adams, the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Caleb C. and Julia W. Dula Education and Charitable Foundation, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund, New Balance Foundation, the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, Rowland Foundation, Succop Family Foundation, TD Bank, and Yawkey Foundation. These programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Polly Thayer Starr Artist in the Studio Series

Polly Thayer Starr (1904-2006) was an accomplished artist who captured the culture and whimsy of her native Boston with a unique combination of detail, emotion and curiosity. The Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series is made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust online.

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Education and community programs are generously supported by Robert and Pamela Adams, the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Caleb C. and Julia W. Dula Education and Charitable Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, Mabel Louise Riley Foundation, Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund, New Balance Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, Rowland Foundation, Succop Family Foundation, TD Bank, and Yawkey Foundation. Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. These programs are supported in part by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts.