The Michener Art Museum offers diverse programs through partnerships with area and regional cultural and educational institutions, youth groups, schools, as well as social service agencies. These outreach programs strive to connect the Museum to a wider community.
In addition to hosting groups at the museum, we are happy to schedule a docent to present an outreach program at your facility. We offer off-site docent-led programs designed to introduce your organization to the museum’s art collection and architecture.
PowerPoint Presentations are offered on a variety of topics. These hour-long lecture programs are appropriate for all adults.
Each presentation is 60 minutes long. The docent will be happy to answer questions after the program. The hosting organization provides the laptop, digital projector, and screen compatible with a power point presentation. The docent will also need a microphone to narrate the program.
The fee for all community outreach programs is $150. Travel expenses for the docent are included.
Current topics include:
- Michener Art Museum History & Highlights: overview of the museums architectural history and start as a museum, images of the core collection including: Pennsylvania Impressionists, Portraits, Studio Craft, Contemporary, Sculpture, overview of recent changing exhibits & current programs.
- Michener Art Museum Studio Craft Collection: introduction to Studio Craft, defined as craft work produced by independent studio artists working with traditional materials, such as wood, glass, metal, or clay. The Michener’s studio craft collection includes works by George Nakashima, Paul Evans, Phillip Lloyd Powell, Robert Whitley, David Ellsworth and many others. The collection has an exciting variety of media and style, many with a sense of whimsy; all are created with a reverence for the materials.
- Paul Evans: Crossing Boundaries & Crafting Modernism – Biographical program about the innovative Mid-Century Modern designer of unique sculpted metal furniture, based in Bucks County. Program includes an introduction to the Michener Art Museum.
- Grace Kelly – Beyond the Icon: Biographical program about the Philadelphia born actress and Princess of Monaco. Docent will share Grace Kelly’s childhood connections to the Philadelphia region, her theater and film career, royal marriage, and legacy. An introduction to the Michener Art Museum is also included.
- Lasting Impression – An Introduction to the New Hope Art Colony & Pennsylvania Impressionism: Docent will introduce the celebrated artists who began the revered regional art movement in the late 1880s, with a look at their beautiful paintings exhibited by the Michener Art Museum. Many of these artists were on the faculty of Philadelphia’s finest art schools of the era, and shared their Bucks County homes with colleagues and students, inspiring vibrant and cherished artwork.
- From Realism to Abstraction: Take an artistic journey from Realism to Abstraction while exploring artworks in the Michener Art Museum Collection, and beyond. Learn about the surprising evolution of Modernism from its roots in the Ancient World, through the development of Impressionism, up to its place in contemporary art.
- Pathfinders: Women Artists of the Delaware Valley 1850-1950: Learn about the creative spirits who forged art careers despite societal barriers to the “weaker sex”. Inspiring women such as Cecelia Beaux, first female faculty member at the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts, and Violet Oakley, designer of the incredible Capitol Building murals in Harrisburg, led the way. A detailed overview of art “herstory” in the Philadelphia region.
- Contemporary Women Artists at the Michener: celebrates the exceptional talent of our region’s late 20th and 21st century women artists. Through images and discussion of paintings, sculptures, photography and craft works, audiences will experience a fascinating introduction to the Michener’s holdings representing this creative and diverse group.
- One Hundred Years of Fashion presents an overview of women’s clothing styles, showing how history and culture influenced women’s dress in remarkable ways from 1900 to 2000, and beyond.
Advanced registration is required at least three weeks in advance. To schedule an off-site program, please contact the Community Programs & Group Visits Manager at [email protected] or call 215.340.9800 x124.
Art for All is a gallery program designed for individuals living with moderate stage dementia, such as Alzheimer’s, and their care partners.
Art for All programs are an opportunity for meaningful engagement with art under the guidance of our specially trained docents. The programs provide interactive gallery-based art appreciation experiences that encourage verbal expression and often awaken treasured memories. Programs offer plenty of time to relax, consider, smile, and respond to the artwork in a single gallery. The tranquil beauty of our museum will also be a welcome respite for care partners. We hope you will share this joyful art experience with someone you love!
Art for All programs can also be arranged at a care facility. Docents bring a selection of reproduction posters and laminated images and lead a one hour discussion in response to the artwork, similar to our gallery programs. Appropriate for people with mild to moderate stage dementia, groups of 10-15 residents. All you need to provide are chairs and an easel.
Advanced registration is required at least three weeks in advance. To register, please contact the Community Programs & Group Visits Manager at [email protected] or call 215.340.9800 x124
Art for All is generously supported by an anonymous donor.
The Michener Art Museum partners with the Senior Artists Initiative, a Philadelphia based nonprofit organization that assists artists in understanding the need for and processes involved in organizing their life’s work. The SAI educates artists about the process of documenting and inventorying their work, legal issues pertaining to their art, estates, and artists rights. An annual Inventory and Oral History Project produces video interviews of established artists for online viewing: www.seniorartists.org. An outgrowth of the SAI program is the biennial Art Exchange program which invites artists to donate artwork to be selected for public display by area social service organizations in Bucks County.