Enhancement of DMA Family Programs Made Possible by IMLS Grant

Enhancement of Family Programs Made Possible by $150,000 Grant

Dallas, TX, January 23, 2007Whether the family is seeking an opportunity for an art-venture or simply wants to explore something new from the comfort of their own home for the December and January holiday break, the Dallas Museum of Art has several new entertaining and educational offerings. Families can surf the new, dedicated family Web site or go to the Museum to enjoy an enhanced Family Audio Tour, participate in Collection Connections, or join in on an Arturo Artventure. The enrichment of the Museum’s family programs was made possible by a $150,000 grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS).

If the weather outside is frightful, kids and their parents can visit arturosartstories.org, the new online home of Arturo, the Museum’s family experiences mascot. The site includes six stories that are based on individual works of art. Each tale features Arturo leading visitors through interactive activities including puzzles, hands-on projects that can be completed at home and memory games to encourage familiarity with works from the Museum’s collections.

Had enough of holiday family home time? Visit the Museum together and experience Collection Connections, discussion groups for families with children nine to 12 centering around a different work of art every month. Or, try an Arturo’s Artventure Pack for families with children ages four to eight—a portable multimedia kit containing new collection-inspired flip-books, a puzzle and open-ended drawing activities. A new Family Audio Tour is another option, with 17 new stops addressing works from a variety of the Museum’s collections.

“With the help of the IMLS grant, we are enhancing our programming to reach a diverse and increasingly technologically savvy generation,” said Gail Davitt, The Dallas Museum of Art League Director of Education. “By improving and expanding the content of our programs, we are assuring that families are actively engaged in learning about art, culture and creativity.”

New family learning experiences are supported by a grant from the Institute of Museum and Library Services.

About the IMLS

The IMLS is an independent federal grant-making agency dedicated to creating and sustaining a nation of learners by helping libraries and museums serve their communities. The Institute fosters leadership, innovation and a lifetime of learning by supporting the nation’s 15,000 museums and 233,000 libraries. The Institute also encourages partnerships to expand the education benefit of libraries and museums. As IMLS’s largest grant program, Museums for America provides more than $16 million in grants to support the role of museums in American society. The grants build the capacity of museums to sustain our cultural heritage, support lifelong learning and serve as centers of community engagement.