Art lovers, rejoice! Offerings designed to build awareness of the state’s art and history cultural assets among CT residents
STATEWIDE, CT (May 18, 2017) – Members of the world-renowned Connecticut Art Trail will participate in the 13th Annual Connecticut Open House Day – a unified celebration of the state’s fascinating world of art, history, and tourism – on Saturday, June 10, 2017. During this one-day event, the Connecticut Art Trail, along with more than 200 other organizations and attractions throughout the state, will open their doors and offer special incentives (free admission, discounts, free gifts, special offers and programming, etc.) to visitors. At least one person per group must show a valid CT Driver’s License to qualify for free admission and other incentives.
This exciting statewide event, sponsored by the Connecticut Office of Tourism (COT), is designed to broaden awareness among residents of Connecticut’s exceptional cultural and tourism assets and encourage them to become ambassadors who will share their newfound discoveries with visiting family and friends.
The following Connecticut Art Trail member museums will participate in Open House Day:
- Bruce Museum, Greenwich – Offering free admission and the opening of Spring into Summer with Andy Warhol and Friends Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn more at brucemuseum.org.
- Center for Contemporary Printmaking, Norwalk – Always free admission. Open 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.
- Fairfield University Art Museum, Fairfield – Walsh Gallery and Bellarmine Hall Galleries will be open from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Always free admission and offering a free notecard and envelope to all visitors. Learn more at fairfield.edu/museum.
- Greenwich Historical Society, Greenwich – Offering free admission and programs 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. Accomplished puppeteer, fine artist and educator Liz Joyce will direct and perform her original performance of The Doubtful Sprout at 1 p.m. Space is limited; first come, first served. Visitors will also be able to make their own puppets in the Vanderbilt Education Center throughout the day, visit the exhibition Jim and Jane Henson: Creative Work, Creative Play, and take family-friendly tours of Bush-Holley House at 1:00, 2:00, and 3:00 p.m. Learn more at greenwichhistory.org.
- Hill-Stead Museum, Farmington – Offering Buy One, Get One admission all day, 10:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m. Learn more at hillstead.org.
- Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum, Hamden – Always free admission. Offering an emigration-themed children’s art activity from 12:00 noon – 4:00 p.m. All materials provided.
- Lyman Allyn Art Museum, New London – Offering two-for-one admission all day, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Learn more at lymanallyn.org.
- New Britain Museum of American Art, New Britain – Offering free admission 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. Celebrating Community Day: Juneteenth with various art activities and workshops.
- Slater Memorial Museum, Norwich – Offering free admission 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. Learn more at slatermuseum.org.
- Art Museum, University of Saint Joseph, West Hartford – Always free admission. Offering free Drop-in Drawing sessions inspired by pieces in the museum. A new session featuring still-life, portrait or landscape subjects in a variety of styles begins every 90 minutes between 11:00 a.m. and 3:00 p.m. Scott Nikola will offer guidance and tips to artists of all levels of drawing experience. Participants should bring their own paper and drawing materials (e.g. charcoal, pencils or colored pencils).
- Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art, Hartford – Offering free admission, tours and activities all day, 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The Wadsworth will be celebrating Juneteenth Family Day, presented in partnership with The Amistad Center for Art & Culture, and will include tours, music and dance performances, as well as art activities.
- Yale Center for British Art, New Haven – Always free admission and open to the public. The Center will offer additional docent-led Introductory Tours, which will include a look into the Founder’s Room, a space usually not on public view. Open 10:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m., with tours beginning at 11:00 a.m., 1:00 and 3:00 p.m. Meet in the Entrance Court. Learn more at britishart.yale.edu.
The Connecticut Art Trail, recipients of the 2017 CT Governor’s Tourism Partners of the Year Award, welcomed three new members in 2017 – the Bruce Museum and Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art returned to the Trail, and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University joined as a new member.
The Trail now offers a $25 Art Passport for access to all 18 member museums, valid for one year, and provides additional promotions to museum shops, cafés, and other partners ($90+ value). Learn more at ctarttrail.org, or purchase at any member museum.
About the Connecticut Art Trail
18 museums, over 500,000 works of art within permanent collections, 250 scenic miles.
The Connecticut Art Trail is an award-winning, nationally recognized partnership between eighteen world-class museums and historic sites, created to promote Connecticut’s rich cultural assets as part of a travel experience.
The Trail was launched in 1995 as the Connecticut Impressionist Art Trail, celebrating Connecticut’s ten museums and historic sites that highlighted American Impressionism. In 2005, the member museums voted to expand its membership beyond Impressionism to include even more quality museums and historic sites, increasing the membership to eighteen today. This strategic initiative was accomplished in order to reach a broader audience and showcase the diversity of collections within the state. The Connecticut Art Trail also offers the Art Passport, granting visitors one-day access to each museum along the trail for a small fee. More information about the Art Trail can be found online at ctarttrail.org.
The Connecticut Office of Tourism brings together tourism, historic preservation, history, and the arts. Its mission is to preserve and promote Connecticut’s cultural and tourism assets in order to enhance the quality of life and economic vitality of the state. For more information on how to become a part of Connecticut Open House Day, log on to www.cultureandtourism.org.
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