Program areas at Denver Art Museum
Exhibitions and collections: each year, the Denver Art Museum (dam) presents exhibitions that provide a variety of experiences with Art, regularly attracting 600,000 to 800,000 visitors annually. The Museum's approach to exhibitions celebrates the creativity of individual artists who have made an extraordinary impact, and ignites creativity through programs that provide engaging and interactive Art experiences. Among the highlights in 2022: -whistler to cassatt, american painters in france, on view from november 14, 2021 through march 13, 2022, featured more than 100 paintings made between 1855 and 1913 in the first comprehensive examination of france's stylistic impact on american painting of the period. From academic training in paris to exploration of the countryside landscape, whistler to cassatt revealed both the visual and conceptual influences of france on american painters in the nineteenth and early twentieth century. -traitor, survivor, icon: the legacy of la malinche examined the historical and cultural legacy of la malinche. Both reviled as a traitor and hailed as the mother of mexico, malinche is an enigmatic figure whose legacy has been the subject of controversy and adulation from the 1500s through the present day. On view from february 6, 2022 through may 8, 2022. -suited: empowered feminine fashion, on view from october 24, 2021 through march 6, 2022, explored the evolution of the tailored suit for the female form over the course of the 20th century and beyond. Suited features 85 looks from 1900 through the present day, with pieces drawn from the Museum's holdings-including from a major donation by susan gutfreund-as well as loans from history Colorado center and private collectors including joy dinsdale. Mining more than 100 years of fashion history, this exhibition traced the ways in which high fashion developed alongside the changing role of women in society and the growing feminist movement, and how styles evolved to incorporate menswear-inspired silhouettes and functional pieces conducive to complex lifestyles. -revisin: Art in the americas, october 24, 2021 through july 17, 2022, was one of the first exhibitions to open in the renovated martin building. A strong selection of nearly 180 objects from the Museum's ancient american and latin american Art collections, hailed as one of the best in the country, told a visually compelling narrative about the formation of the americas from 100 b.c. To today. Other exhibitions offered in 2022 include: -modern women/modern vision: works from the bank of america collection -age of armor: treasures from the higgins collection at the worcester Art Museum -carla fernndez casa de moda -Georgia o'keeffe, photographer
Learning and engagement programs: the Denver Art Museum (dam) believes that Art can make a difference in people's lives by celebrating and stimulating creativity and inspiring greater understanding of and connection with the world. To fulfill this vision, the dam's department of learning and engagement strives to make Art relevant and enjoyable to people of all ages, abilities, and backgrounds. The department of learning and engagement has taken a leading role both nationally and internationally in three areas: 1) research about what visitors need to make a Museum visit meaningful; 2) creation of rich and innovative learning resources in collection installations, temporary exhibitions, and in-community programs; and 3) interactive learning for young people in both school and family groups. The department hosts national and international Museum colleagues, actively presents at national conferences, and openly shares findings and best practices with the Museum field. (reports are on the dam website under 'research & reports.') Programs include: -in-gallery installations: the Museum's in-gallery interpretive installations provide visitors with a variety of ways to explore temporary exhibitions and permanent collections on their own. Audio tours for adults and children, interactive gallery activities, bilingual wall text, discovery libraries, family guides, and more deepen visitors' experiences with Art. -family programs: the dam is committed to being a truly family-friendly institution, offering free general admission to all youth ages 18 and under through the free for kids program. To make the Museum engaging for kids and their grown-ups, the dam takes a two-pronged approach: 1) offering programs and activities at "peak family times" (weekends, school breaks, and summer) and 2) integrating family materials into installations, exhibitions, and public spaces so there's always a way for families to connect with Art. Family activities are included with the cost of general admission. Family central, discovery libraries, gallery games, and dedicated family spaces inspired by special exhibitions and permanent collections that feature hands-on activities are always available. Foxy and shmoxy Art detectives targets toddlers, helping grown-ups explore the Museum with young children through storytelling, theater, and artmaking opportunities. In addition, the studio is a dedicated workshop for hands-on projects and artist demonstrations inspired by exhibition themes. -lifelong learning and accessibility: the dam offers a wide range of opportunities for adults to discover, explore, and make personal connections to collections and exhibitions. Programs range from tours, studio classes, and Art history courses to insider moments with curators and working artists in the galleries. Drop-in drawing, drop-in writing, and mindful looking provide unique ways for visitors to slow down, engage with Art on view, and explore their creativity. The dam offers creative aging programs to support older adults at the dam and in-community, including create caf, sensory garden installations, Art at hand, and more. Intentionally designed access programs offer visitors with different abilities opportunities to have a rich, engaging experience at the Museum. Sensory friendly experiences offered quarterly provide adults and families with a quiet, less sensory stimulating environment during their visit, and Art & about is a monthly tour program designed for individuals with early alzheimer's and their care partners. Tactile tours and verbal description tours (available on request) support visitors who are blind or have low vision. -school and teacher programs: the hallmark of dam's school tour program is its interactive touring approach. The introductory all-museum tours, perception games and imagination games, have been featured at several national conferences, as have the touchable materials and activities developed for culture and architecture-based tours. Creative explorers, a tour for early childhood groups (ages 3-5), uses storytelling, artmaking, and movement to inspire young students to engage with Art. For secondary age-groups (grades 6-12), the dam offers supported discovery experiences that encourage students to deeply engage with different themes - design thinking and Art & social consciousness, for example - and think critically about process, artist voice, narratives and counternarratives, and socio- political contexts surrounding Art. All ages are also offered the opportunity to add on artmaking workshops in the new learning and engagement center. More than 50,000 students visit the Museum each year to explore topics related to visual arts, social studies, and language arts curricula. Creativity resource, the Museum's online resource for teachers, uses the creativity of artists to inspire creativity in teachers and students. Resources include downloadable Art images, artist and artwork information, lesson plans and multi-media resources, and curated blogs on cultural and creativity topics. -outreach and community programs: the learning and engagement department is involved in several strategic collaborations designed to take Art experiences into the community and encourage Museum visitation by a broader audience. Art lives here/el arte vive aqu takes the dam offsite to schools, often title i, and community centers that may have difficulty visiting the Museum. The program provides an immersive experience for students, teachers, and families to engage with Museum Art objects-in essence, a traveling mini-museum. Three versions of the installation now travel to approximately twenty schools and community centers annually. The installations "live" in each school for one month, allowing students, teachers, and families to have multiple interactions with the objects. Art lives here creativity kits were developed to continue providing access to creativity and Art objects during the covid-19 pandemic. Creativity kits are free and are distributed to schools and community centers serving elementary and middle school children and families in and around Denver. The kits include high-quality artmaking supplies and activities curated in partnership with local artists. Both programs include free general admission passes for adults to encourage them to visit the Museum. Museum connectors (mc), a program based on the promatoras model of community health, introduces the Museum to families with young children from underserved communities. The mcs go through training and visits to the Museum to increase their comfort and knowledge. They work with staff to learn about planning a visit online, transportation and parking options, Museum programs, and other visitor resources. The mcs then lead a small cohort of young families back to the dam, sharing what they learned and introducing the Museum to new visitors. -creative and public engagement programs: over the past few years, the department has increasingly focused on programming that seeks to connect visitors with the creativity of artists and to use our collections to inspire creativity in our visitors. Programming has ranged from collaborations with artists to creation of new "making- and residency spaces throughout the campus including: 1) the studio on the first floor of the hamilton building, 2) the native arts artist-in-residence studio in the indigenous arts of north america galleries, 3) thread studio on the sixth floor of the martin building, 4) the design studio on the second floor of the martin building, and 5) the creative hub in the new learning engagement center on the first floor of the martin building. The dam's creative-in- residence program and untitled series engage visitors with Art and creativity through unconventional, participatory encounters with Art and creativity. -community partnerships: the dam values community partnerships and engages various nonprofits, community and business leaders, government officials, an individuals through standing advisory committees (e.g., youth advisory groups, creative aging forum, access advisory committee, latino audience alliance). Other ad hoc committees support in-gallery interpretation and programs to help create inclusive experiences that represent a diverse range of voices (e.g., artists, curators, scholars, non-art experts, community members, and more). Overall, learning and engagement programs onsite, in the community, and online serve approximately 700,000 people annually.
Premises & buildings: these costs include all expenditures associated with the day-to-day operations of the Museum's facilities. Exhibition and permanent galleries displayed a variety of artwork for the public's enjoyment while the Museum's public spaces enable Museum staff and volunteers to conduct frequent learning and engagement programs including tours, public talks, interpretive programs, art-making activities, and more. The premises and buildings provide ample space for mission-driven programming aimed at enriching the lives of this and future generations, and for which the Museum has been internationally recognized.
Other program services included in this caption are the activities associated with the gift shop, restaurant, and other facilities designed to enhance the visitor's overall Museum experience.