POUGHKEEPSIE, NY – The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is hosting several free events for children this fall. Family Day, designed for children ages 5-10, will take place in the sculpture garden of the Art Center on Sunday, October 22, 1:30-4:00pm. The event will feature fun, hands-on activities related to the art on view in the galleries, along with kid-friendly mini-tours. Activities are ongoing so families can drop in at any time during the program. This fall’s Family Day will highlight different printmaking methods and materials in celebration of the Art Center’s current exhibition of prints by American artist Helen Frankenthaler.
Two art-based storytime events for children ages 3-5 will happen this fall. "Storytime at the Museum" is an ongoing series of programs at the Art Center for preschool-aged children, with each 45-minute session focusing on a different theme. The programs, which include stories, poems, and a simple craft activity, will be held on Friday, October 27 (Theme: Seasons) and Friday, November 17 (Theme: Imagination). Each session will begin promptly at 1:30pm in the museum. Participants may wish to arrive by 1:15 to allow enough time for parking.
The programs are free, and no registration is required.
“These programs are a wonderful way to expose young children to art and help them feel at home in museums,” says Margaret Vetare, curator of public education for the Art Center. “The story programs also foster reading and speaking skills,” Vetare adds, “and they provide a socialization opportunity as well.”
About the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center
The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center was founded in 1864 as the Vassar College Art Gallery. The current 36,400-square-foot facility, designed by Cesar Pelli and named in honor of the new building's primary donor, opened in 1993. Vassar was the first U.S. college founded with a permanent art collection and gallery, and at any given time, the Permanent Collection Galleries of the Art Center feature approximately 350 works from Vassar's extensive collections. The Art Center's collections chart the history of art from antiquity to the present and comprise over 21,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and ceramic wares. Notable holdings include the Warburg Collection of Old Master prints, an important group of Hudson River School paintings given by Matthew Vassar at the college's inception, and a wide range of works by major European and American 20th-century painters.
Admission to the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center is free and all galleries are wheelchair accessible. The Art Center is open to the public Tuesday, Wednesday, Friday, Saturday, 10:00am–5:00pm; Thursday, 10:00am–9:00pm; and Sunday, 1:00–5:00pm. Located at the entrance to the historic Vassar College campus, the Art Center can be reached within minutes from other Mid-Hudson cultural attractions, such as Dia:Beacon, the Franklin Roosevelt and Eleanor Roosevelt national historic sites and homes, and the Vanderbilt mansion. For additional information, the public may call (845) 437-5632 or visit fllac.vassar.edu.
Vassar College strives to make its events, performances, and facilities accessible to all. Individuals with disabilities requiring special accommodations must contact the Office of Campus Activities at least 48 hours in advance of an event, Mondays-Fridays, at (845) 437-5370. Without sufficient notice, appropriate space/and or assistance may not be available. For detailed information about accessibility to specific campus facilities, search for “campus accessibility information” on the Vassar homepage (http://www.vassar.edu).
Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at www.vassar.edu/directions. Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.