With hotter-than-average temperatures expected this summer, the Connecticut Art Trail is kicking off the summer with a “Keep Your Cool” campaign.

The 23 member museums and cultural sites on the Connecticut Art Trail are hosting a wide variety of programs throughout the summer, including artistic courses, musical performances, book clubs, film screenings, scavenger hunts, and yoga. There are also several seasonal festivals returning this summer.

The Connecticut Art Trail is promoting these events as a way for residents and visitors to enjoy enriching and interesting activities while escaping the summer heat. Forecasts are predicting with high probability that temperature across New England will be higher than average this year, with a significant likelihood of an above-average number of rain events as well.

“It’s always a great time to visit one of the sites on the Connecticut Art Trail, but they can be particularly inviting during a hot summer,” said Carey Mack Weber, President of the Connecticut Art Trail and the Frank and Clara Meditz Executive Director at Fairfield University Art Museum. “Our museums provide wonderful programming and exhibitions in comfortable air-conditioned galleries during sweltering days or rainy days, or a great way to wind down after a hot day at the beach.”

The Connecticut Art Trail is again offering its Passport-Journal program (formerly known as the Passport) offering free admission to all member sites along with other perks. The Passport-Journal can be purchased for $35 at any member site or online at ctarttrail.org. Anyone who visits all 23 sites in a calendar year is eligible for a grand prize giveaway of an overnight stay for two and a one-hour couples massage at the Delamar Hotel of their choice.

Some special summer events on the Connecticut Art Trail include: