The New Britain Museum of American Art offers members and guests the opportunity to sign up for an “Art Pass” for the Connecticut Art Trail, which provides admission to 15 prominent Connecticut museums for only $25. It includes museums from all over Connecticut such as the Yale University Art Gallery, Bruce Museum, Aldrich Contemporary Art Museum, and the Wadsworth Atheneum, among others. For guests who like to travel and who, presumably, love art, this would be a great way to spend a vacation. Along with surveying a number of exceptional museums, pass holders also get a chance to explore all the different regions of Connecticut. The Connecticut Art Trail website also offers several other packages for museums in each separate region, covering meals and transportation as well.
The “Art Pass” is not the only way to enjoy museums in Connecticut, nor is it the only fun art-related activity one can participate in. There are many local art classes, art and craft fairs, lectures, gallery shows, sales, and community projects that one can take part in. One example of such is the Trumbull Arts Festival which features artists, performers, and food. There are many similar events in nearly every Connecticut town, where artists can show and sell their work and the public can enjoy a leisurely outing while promoting the arts. Even seasonal festivals, such as the Cornfest in Wethersfield or the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, often have artists showing and selling their work.
There are also community projects that take place from time to time which involve making art together. An example of this would be a community mural or, in the case of Central Connecticut State University’s Mural Slam, working individually on separate murals. The Mural Slam is a bi-annual event that takes place on the roof of the Welte Garage on the CCSU campus. Though the majority are local artists, some travel from other states to participate in one of the few events dedicated to mural painting or street art. The goal of the Mural Slam is to bring artists together to create something while at the same time promoting and enriching the community. Another similar event is a Sidewalk Chalk Contest, where artists draw their own masterpiece or a recreation and compete with other artists for the best piece. Such an event takes place in a number of different towns in Connecticut, the closest one being in West Hartford Center.
The fun does not end there, however. With so many museums and galleries located in Connecticut, one would be hard-pressed to find a day when no events are taking place. Museums are constantly offering tours, lectures, classes and exhibitions. The New Britain Museum of American Art itself offers a great variety of family and adult programs, ranging from art classes to film screenings to gala events. Family programs include a variety of interesting art classes for children, family days which include special exhibitions, book signings, and musical performances; one can even host a birthday party at the NBMAA, complete with a scavenger hunt and other art-related activities. Adult programs also include art classes, which are more advanced, as well as film screenings, lectures by artists or art historians, concerts, and evenings dedicated to art and conversation.
Come to the NBMAA this Thursday, October 28th, to view a component of the Women & Film Festival in collaboration with CCSU. Join us on the 29th for our 4th Annual Costume Party (Party of the Museum After Dark events) to view our exhibitions, take part in a collaborative art project, and start your weekend right!