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Community Days are all-day events that celebrate special occasions and holidays with free admission, musical performances, art activities, film screenings and special exhibitions. These events include our annual Holiday party every December, Martin Luther King, Jr. Day and Black History Month in February, and the Museum’s birthday in April. Activity schedules vary by event so please check below to see what will be offered at our next Community Day!

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Community Day: Celebrating 15 Years of Director Douglas Hyland
Sunday, Oct. 26
noon-5 p.m.

The New Britain Museum of American Art (NBMAA) invites the public to celebrate Director Douglas Hyland’s 15 years of service at the NBMAA with 15 fun activities!

Director’s Picks Tour guided by Douglas Hyland, 1 p.m., Meet in the Lobby

Professor Dorothy Keller: Innovation and Inspiration: Revolutionary Transformations In American Art of the mid-19th and Early 20th Centuries, 2:30-3:30 p.m., Meet in Lobby

Art Activity: Make a Quilt Square, noon-5 p.m., ArtLab

Art Activity: Curator for a Day, noon-5 p.m., Moser Library

Art Activity: The Gravity of Color—post Hoke, noon-5 p.m., Front Terrace

Museum Scavenger Hunt, noon-5 p.m., Available at the Front Desk

Photo Booth, 12-5 p.m., Lobby

Musical Performance: Nick Di Maria Quartet, 4-5 p.m., LeWitt Family Staircase Landing

Welcome Remarks: Past Chairman Kathryn Cox, Chairman Todd Stitzer, and Director Douglas Hyland, 2 p.m., LeWitt Family Staircase Landing

Lecture: Journey into the Study of Quilt History with quilt historian and appraiser Susan Reich (includes Quilt Show & Tell), 2-4 p.m., Stanley Works Center

Artist Talk: NEW/NOW Artist Bob Gregson, “Space to Maneuver,” 2:30-3 p.m., Cheney Gallery

Community Talk with Opportunities Industrialization Center Executive Director Paulette Fox, Artist Zbigniew Grzyb, Gay Fialko, Volunteer Council Chair, and David Davison, President & CEO, American Savings Foundation, 3:30 p.m., Batchelor Gallery

Enjoy an additional 15% off in the Museum Shop for the entire weekend, October 25 and October 26

Café on the Park Director’s Lunch Special, noon-3 p.m.

Community Taste featuring Avery’s Beverages, and Rogers Orchards, 3-4:30 p.m., Café and Terrace


Community Day: Holiday Party with The Nutcracker Ballet
Sunday, Dec. 14
noon-5 p.m.

Get yourself into the holiday spirit with a fun, festive, and FREE Community Day! The Museum has partnered with the Ballet Theatre Company of West Hartford to offer performances and activities for visitors of all ages. Catch a sneak peek of their magical production of The Nutcracker, which puts a modern and moving twist on this holiday favorite, as they perform excerpts throughout the afternoon in the Stanley Works Center. In between performances, meet members of the Company who will roam the galleries as “dancer docents”—watch them interpret their favorite artworks in dance, and hear more about the paintings that quite literally “move” them! Museum educators will provide free drop-in art activities all afternoon—stop in the Lobby to create a snowflake ballerina, and pop into the ArtLab to make your very own nutcracker ornament out of clothespins and various embellishments. Don’t miss our annual Kwanzaa tasting, prepared and presented by the Museum's African American Advisory Committee. Take a break from your holiday rush and treat yourself to a beautiful day of art, dance, and delicious food!


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