The Frances Lehman Loeb Art Center at Vassar College is hosting free, art-related storytime programs for preschool children ages 3-5 this spring. "Storytime in the Museum" is a series of three sessions, with each focusing on a different theme. The programs will be held on Fridays, April 1, May 13, and June 3, from 1:30pm to 2:15pm. No pre-registration is necessary.
“With art all around, it will be fun and enriching for preschoolers and their caregivers alike!” says Margaret Vetare, coordinator of public education and information for the Art Center. “These programs are a wonderful way to expose very young children to art and art museums, but in the comfortable format of storytime that so many children are familiar with.”
Each session will include stories, poems, and a simple hands-on activity related to the art on view in the galleries. April's theme is “Animals.” The May session, “Astronomy and Art” ties into the Art Center’s special exhibition, Touch the Sky. The June session’s theme is “Lines and Shapes in Art.”
Strollers are welcome in the galleries, but large bags, food, and drink are not permitted and may be stored in cubbies in the museum.
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 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.