Preschool storytime series (3/31, 4/28, 5/19) and Family Day event (4/30) to be held at the Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center

The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is hosting several free events for children.

Three art-based storytime events for preschool children ages 3-5 will happen this spring. "Storytime at the Museum" is a series of three programs, 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 Fridays: March 31 (Patterns in Art), April 28 (Clothing and Costumes in Art), and May 19 (Animals in Art). Each session will begin at 1:30pm in the museum.

Family Day, designed for children ages 5-10, will take place in the sculpture garden of the Art Center on Sunday, April 30, 1:30-4:00pm. The event will feature fun, hands-on art activities related to the paintings and sculptures on view in the galleries, along with kid-friendly mini-tours. Activities are on-going so families can drop in at any time during the program.

The programs are free, and no registration is required.

“These programs are a wonderful way to expose very young children to art and help them feel at home in museums,” says Margaret Vetare, curator of public education for the Art Center.

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 20,000 works, including paintings, sculptures, drawings, prints, photographs, and glass 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

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 (

Directions to the Vassar campus, located at 124 Raymond Avenue in Poughkeepsie, NY, are available at

Vassar College is a highly selective, coeducational, independent, residential liberal arts college founded in 1861.

Posted by Office of Communications Wednesday, March 22, 2017

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