Plan and Create

Relatively little is known about family learning in art museums, despite the fact that more than 90% of art museums nationwide offer specialized programming for families (Wetterlund & Sayre, 2003). In addition to the specialized programming, increasing numbers of art museums are targeting families through dedicated interactive galleries, intended to “hook” parents and children into the museum and offer them a place to explore and to engage and interact with each other around works of art (Adams & Luke, 2005).

Each of the lead museum educators for the three interactive galleries in this project – Anne Henderson at the Frist Art Museum (Nashville), Julia Forbes at the High Museum of Art (Atlanta), and Cynthia Moreno at the Speed Art Museum (Louisville) developed a checklist for planning and implementing a family gallery.