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Fun for all ages!

From kids to grandparents, Family Days are special events for everyone to enjoy together. Family Days include programs featuring special exhibitions, readings and book signings with authors and artists, musical performances and art activities to encourage creativity for all ages! So bring the whole crew for a day of fun at the NBMAA. Hope you can join us!

For questions please contact Katy Matsuzaki, Coordinator of School & Family Programs, (860) 229-0257, ext. 220 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

All About Quilts! Gallery Activities and Encaustic Quilt Workshop with Leslie Giuliani
Tuesday, Nov. 11
11 a.m.-3 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission

This Veteran’s Day, discover how contemporary artists are expanding the medium of quilting. Explore modern quilts through interactive gallery activities led by Museum educators, and join multimedia artist Leslie Giuliani for an encaustic quilt workshop in the Art Studio from 1 to 3 p.m. Learn to translate quilt design concepts with color and story as you create a patchwork project using the medium of beeswax! Encaustic medium generously donated by R&F Handmade Paints. Participation by all ages is welcome, though space is limited and preregistration is strongly suggested; to reserve your spots, contact Katy at (860) 229-0257, ext. 220 or at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Lend a Hand! Community Quilting with the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild
Monday, Dec. 29
1-3 p.m.
Free with Museum Admission

This December Vacation Week, fire up your whole family’s creativity for a great cause! In this drop-in workshop, children and an accompanying adult can make and decorate two fabric squares using applique, fabric markers, and a variety of 3D embellishments. Take home one as a miniature quilt keepsake, and sign and donate the other to our collaborative quilt project. Volunteers from the Greater Hartford Quilt Guild will be on hand to foster your creativity and assemble the donated squares into a community quilt for Covenant to Care for Children, a statewide, nonprofit 501(c)3 agency working with faith and community organizations to meet the needs of children ages birth to 17 who are abused, neglected, or impoverished. Bring new or gently used toys, school supplies, and children’s clothing to give to their Community Closet, which serves families in need throughout the state. Keep the spirit of giving alive, and get your quilt on!