NEW BRITAIN – The New Britain Museum of American Art had a host of family activities on Monday to commemorate President’s Day.
“It’s a chance to give families something to do,” said Stephanie Strucaly, coordinator of community partnerships and outreach at the museum.
The art museum regularly coincides various holidays throughout the year – when children are off from school – with its Community Days, where admission is free. The museum would normally be closed on Mondays but was open on Presidents Day with plenty of things to do.
Activities included a photo booth with presidential props and a podium, scavenger hunts, hands-on art activities, like decorating a star, and others. The day also included a gallery talk on Rembrandt Peale's George Washington.
The gallery talk, Strucaly said, perfectly coincided with the holiday.
“We typically get a lot of families on Community Days,” she added.
With her son, Jack, off from school, Ellen Davidson said she had planned on using the day to visit the New Britain museum without knowing about the special activities it had planned.
“We were going to come today anyway,” Davidson said. “It was just a bonus that it was free.”
“He loves to draw,” Davidson said of her son. “He’s super into art.”
Davidson had not explored the museum before Monday, so she was pleasantly surprised by all that it had to offer.
“It’s beautiful,” Davidson said.
“I’m excited,” she proclaimed shortly after walking through the doors.
Jenna Deroussel brought her two daughters to the New Britain Museum of American Art after, at one point, living in a city with a deep history of art and museums.
“We used to live in Paris,” she said, “so they love museums.”
The Community Day on Monday isn’t the only thing planned for the art museum this week. Museum officials are looking for artists and performers for an open mic night on Thursday, from 6 to 7:30 p.m., to commemorate Black History Month.
For more information on the New Britain Museum of American Art and its upcoming events, visit its website at nbmaa.org.
Justin Muszynski can be reached at 860-973-1809 or firstname.lastname@example.org.