This two-part report details the Denver Art Museum’s commitment to making the Museum a creative and fun destination for families. With a grant from the Pew Charitable Trusts, the Museum developed several programs geared toward families with children age six to twelve. The report explains the Museum’s perspective on a family-friendly art museum which emphasizes play. Each chapter highlights a different initiative including summer camps, an art-making area, school vacation and holiday week programming, family backpacks, gallery activities, a family center, hands-on programs, an educational website, and library visits.
From the Introduction: “This is one in a series of nine reports describing the Denver Art Museum’s four-year commitment to making the museum an imaginative and playful family destination. Thanks to an invaluable grant from The Pew Charitable Trusts, the museum has been able to develop and refine its programs for children ages six to twelve and their adult companions. Funds were used to create permanent family services that can be maintained at minimal costs, both in terms of dollars and staff time. From the outset, these offerings were built to last. Although adults remain the museum’s primary audience, families are now a strong second.”
“Families & Art Museums.” Denver Art Museum, 2003.