Education

Community Engagement

Community Engagement initiatives at the Gardner Museum increase and fortify sustainable, mutually beneficial relationships with culture makers, community groups, and arts leaders in Boston. Programs and educational opportunities connect diverse audiences with the Museum's rich collections, special exhibitions, concerts, and other resources and ensure welcoming and meaningful experiences for visitors of all ages.

PROGRAMMING:

  • Martin Luther King, Jr. Day Celebration - Carry on the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.; participate in community-building art and performance with local luminaries embodying Dr. King’s courageous commitment to social justice and healing.
  • Neighborhood Nights - This free, three-evening series of family-oriented activities attracts audiences from local Boston communities. Enjoy live music performances, hands-on art-making, and fun gallery activities.
  • Frank Hatch Free Day - Frank Hatch Free Day is held annually in honor of Francis “Frank” Hatch, longtime Gardner Museum trustee, community advocate, and supporter of the arts and culture in the city.
  • Opening Our Doors Day - Opening Our Doors is a free day of programming hosted in collaboration with the Fenway Alliance vision that “it is important to not just place art on display and open the doors of concert halls for a complimentary performance, but to encourage people to create art and participate actively in a cultural experience.”
  • School Vacation Weeks - Each December, February, and April the Gardner invites families to enjoy special themed activities during public school vacation weeks.

Ongoing Programming the the Claire and John Bertucci Education Studio

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.

SATURDAY OPEN STUDIO
Experiment, engage, and create in the Studio every Saturday. Connect with the Museum’s rich collections and special exhibitions in a hands-on, interactive, and fun environment during Saturday drop-in workshops. Prior experience with art-making is not required and participation is included with Museum admission. Children under the age of 12 must be accompanied by an adult.

POLLY THAYER STARR ARTIST SERIES
Make and create alongside local artists in the Studio. On select Saturdays each month, artists in the Boston area lead drop-in workshops in their medium for Museum visitors. Visitors of all ages can experiment with different creative processes inspired by artists’ work and explore the Museum’s collections from multiple perspectives. Collaborations enable artists to interpret the Museum’s collections in new ways and to utilize the Gardner Museum as a resource in the local arts community.

See upcoming events here.

Thanks to our Sponsors

Community programming would not be possible without the help of our generous sponsors.

Education and community programs are generously supported by the Josephine and Louise Crane Foundation, Lenoir Charitable Trust, Liberty Mutual Foundation, Janet Burke Mann Foundation, Moorhead Foundation, New Balance Foundation, Thomas Anthony Pappas Foundation, Rowland Foundation, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, Succop Family Charitable Foundation, 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, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

Saturday Open Studio activities are generously sponsored by Linda N. Cabot and Ed Anderson. The museum also receives support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.

The Polly Thayer Starr Artist Series is made possible by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust. 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. For more, visit the Polly Thayer Charitable Starr Trust online. The museum receives operating support from the Massachusetts Cultural Council, which receives support from the State of Massachusetts and the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Boston Cultural Council, a local agency which is funded by the Massachusetts Cultural Council, administrated by the Mayor's Office of Arts and Culture.