The Connecticut Art Trail, an award-winning collaboration of world-class museums and historic sites across the state, is pleased to announce the addition of three full members in 2018: Mystic Museum of Art, Stamford Museum & Nature Center, and The Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum.
“We are delighted to have these three stellar Connecticut art institutions joining or re-joining the Art Trail,” said Carey Weber, Assistant Director of Fairfield University Art Museum and President of the Connecticut Art Trail. “The Aldrich is the only museum in Connecticut dedicated to contemporary art exhibitions – providing a unique experience. Welcoming Mystic, Stamford and The Aldrich reflects our mission to promote Connecticut’s rich cultural assets as part of a travel experience.”
The collaboration between the 21 CT Art Trail members makes it possible for Connecticut residents and visitors alike to visit all member museums within one year with a $25 Art Passport. The Art Passport, launched in May 2017, is an enhanced version of the previous Art Pass. The Passport offers holders additional benefits, discounts, free gifts, and a valuable cultural experience suitable for all generations.
The upgraded Passport is made possible by an exclusive sponsorship from Greenwich Hospitality Group. “The Delamar Hotels and the Greenwich Hospitality Group are delighted to partner with the Connecticut Art Trail and its wonderful array of 21 member institutions for a second year,” 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.”
The Passport has a $100+ value, and it is available to buy at any member museum or online at http://ctarttrail.org/art-passport/.
Since its inception in 1995, the Trail has grown considerably to expand the group’s scope beyond Impressionism to showcase the diversity of collections within the state. In 2017, the Bruce Museum in Greenwich, the Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art in Hartford, and Ireland’s Great Hunger Museum at Quinnipiac University in Hamden returned or joined the Trail for the first time.
“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. We value our association with the state’s finest art institutions,” notes Tammi Flynn, Director of Marketing at the Florence Griswold Museum in Old Lyme.
The Trail also welcomed new and returning affiliate members in 2018, New Haven Museum, Fairfield Museum & History Center, and Ridgefield Guild of Artists. Affiliate members do not offer free admission as part of their participation with the Trail.