The Farnsworth Empowers Minds With Its Dedication to Lifelong Learning

The Farnsworth Art Museum is nationally recognized for its collections of works of art, highlighting America’s great artists. Throughout its 20,000-square-foot gallery space, it features 15,000 objects. The museum’s impact on Maine specifically and the nation overall is also closely tied to its commitment to families, students and educators.

Youth and Families

At the Farnsworth, we welcome youth and families of all interests and backgrounds to explore the galleries throughout the year and to partake in the programs offered at the museum. From toddlers to teens, its education programs offer kids and their parents a way to spend time, engage their creativity, become inspired and also have fun!

The Farnsworth is centrally located within a vibrant arts community and is surrounded by dozens of shops, restaurants and galleries, making it an ideal destination for families and children of all ages.

Community events are another way the Farnsworth helps engage families to learn and be inspired by art. Family Printmaking with Jen Peppe is just one example. This class will take place in the art studio and is inspired by the Prints for the People exhibit.

This class, designed for kids aged 10 and up, begins with a visit to the gallery for inspiration. The class then makes their way back to the studio and work in pairs as families explore the themes of community and togetherness to create a Linotype block print.

Next, participants will be able to take the steps of inking and printing their own pieces of original artwork. This class allows families to create art together, and is just one example of the many ways that The Farnsworth works to entice and enhance the love of art in children of all ages.

Educators, Classrooms, Field Trips

In addition to serving families, The Farnsworth Museum is a place of opportunity for educators of all types, whether they serve at home, in a classroom or throughout their community. School field trips are one of the easiest ways for educators to partner with The Farnsworth to educate their pupils. The Farnsworth even has its own learning and engagement coordinator and school programs manager to ensure these trips are as seamless as possible.

Field trips to the Farnsworth Art Museum typically last around 1 1/2 hours and are designed for children grades K through 12. Groups are limited to 30, and every 10 students has a docent showing them through the galleries.

University and college tours are also available, as are educational or educator workshops and conferences. This allows educators to earn credit hours through public programs, workshops, studio projects and more. Arts@theIntersection, a new, innovative program designed to meet educators and students where they are and promote arts integration in the community, was launched in 2022.

Our Learning and Engagement Gallery debuted in the spring of 2023 and provides a study classroom for all those participating. Through this program, the many connections between learning, art and more are explored as students have the opportunity to work directly with Maine-based artists. The overall goal of the program is to engage students in building relationships, critical thinking and visual storytelling. 

Visit The Farnsworth

The Farnsworth Art Museum is committed to serving families, youth and educators, throughout the community and beyond. To learn more about the many programs, events, and interactive ways to join in the fun with The Farnsworth, contact us today. We are happy to help you determine what programs or events will be most beneficial for your family or your classroom.

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