STATEWIDE, CT — The Connecticut Art Trail, an award-winning collaboration of world-class museums and historic sites across the state, welcomed two new affiliate members to its 2019 Art Passport. The Glass House and Silvermine Arts Center, both in New Caanan, CT, offer visitors the joy of seeing large sculptures, new exhibitions, and classes on painting. This year, the CT Art Trail partnered with the Connecticut Brewers Guild to enhance the experience of those traveling the Art Trail.
The collaboration between the 20 CT Art Trail members makes it possible for CT residents and visitors alike to visit all member museums within one year with a $25 Art Passport. The Art Passport is an enhanced version of the previous Art Pass, which offers pass-holders free admission to museums all along the trail, as well as additional benefits such as discounts, free gifts, and a valuable cultural experience suitable for all generations. The Passport has a $90+ value, and is available to buy at most member museum and online at http://ctarttrail.org/art-passport/.
The Art Passport is made possible by an exclusive sponsorship from Greenwich Hospitality Group – which includes DELAMAR, The Goodwin, and Hotel Zero Degrees.
“The Delamar Hotels and the Greenwich Hospitality Group are delighted to partner with the Connecticut Art Trail and its wonderful array of 20 member institutions”, said Charles Mallory, Founder and CEO of Greenwich Hospitality Group. “We pride ourselves on delivering a level of hospitality and culinary excellence that will nourish the visitor experience in the same way that the Art Trail members will stimulate their patrons and Passport holders.”
Member museums and historic sites are spread out statewide in Connecticut and cover a wide range of exhibitions and events. Visitors can expect to learn everything from the rich history of an artist or artistic medium to exploring fields of poppies in an Impressionist painting. Exhibitions can cover a variety of themes and focuses from Japanese watercolor paintings to contemporary larger-than-life sculptures.
The CT Art Trail began as the CT Impressionist Art Trail in 1995; it has since grown considerably to expand the group’s scope beyond Impressionism to showcase the diverse collections of art within the state.
“As a founding member of the Connecticut Art Trail, the Florence Griswold Museum has seen the Trail grow from representing museums specializing in Impressionist art to embracing the variety of Connecticut’s contribution to American art,” notes Tammi Flynn, Director of Marketing at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme. “We value our association with the state’s finest art institutions. Participation in the group is one of the most effective tactics in our yearly marketing plan.”
The CT Art Trail was honored with the 2017 Tourism Partners of the Year Award at the Connecticut Governor’s Conference on Tourism for its dedication to promoting Connecticut’s rich cultural history and driving visitation to the state for over two decades.
About the Connecticut Art Trail
20 museums, over 500,000 works of art within permanent collections, 250 scenic miles.
The Connecticut Art Trail is a nationally recognized partnership between 20 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 twenty 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.
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