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.
- 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.
Hands-on studio activities are supported by the Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust and the Nathaniel Saltonstall Arts Fund. Education and community programs are generously supported by 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, Polly Thayer Starr Charitable Trust, Rowland Foundation, Succop Family Foundation, TD Bank, Yawkey Foundation, and Robert and Pamela Adams. 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.