Frist Center For Visual Arts shares Prestigious Grant
January 07, 2008NASHVILLE, Tenn. — Thanks to a $761,000 National Leadership Grant from the federal Institute of Museum and Library Services (IMLS), the Frist Center for the Visual Arts in Nashville, in partnership with the High Museum of
Art (Atlanta, Ga.) and the Speed Art Museum (Louisville, Ky.), will conduct a three-year study on how the museums' interactive family galleries facilitate learning for visitors of all ages.
The museums will work in collaboration with two research organizations:
Audience Focus (Annapolis, Md.) and the Institute for Learning Innovation
(Annapolis, Md.). The research will continue until September 2010.
Interactive family galleries in art museums are heralded for the rich
opportunities they offer multiple generations to explore art together.
At the Frist Center, as soon as visitors approach the Upper Level, they can
hear the lively sounds of visitors having fun in the award-winning Martin
ArtQuest Gallery, a colorful, interactive space. Often called the heart and
soul of the Frist Center, ArtQuest's 30 hands-on stations invite visitors
to become artists as they learn. Visitors of all ages are invited and
encouraged to create prints and collages, paint and sketch, or learn about
photography, architecture, and the essentials of art, including depth,
color, light, and perspective. The activities at the stations change as the
Frist Center's exhibitions change, so there's always something new to try.
ArtQuest is not just for kids. Everyone is welcome to come in and learn
about and make art. It's not at all unusual to see a grandparent, parent
and child all participating in the same activity.
ArtQuest is staffed by trained art educators and knowledgeable volunteers
to help everyone create and learn about art.