How the Hilliard Museum of Art is connecting with the community

People often think of art museums as stuffy, places to be quiet, to look and not touch. They are not usually considered places to have fun.

But the Hilliard Museum of Art is finding ways to change that perception, making exhibits more interactive to inspire deeper learning and, yes, fun.

Laminated cards hanging on a wall tell visitors to play “I Spy” or go on a “texture adventure.” This card features pieces of fabric with three different textures for users to touch instead of art. They are then asked to hunt for a piece in the gallery that appears to have the same structure.

On the same wall are pencils and sheets of paper for patrons to sketch, write or respond to the exhibit in their own way.

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