EDUCATION: About Our Programs Harn Museum of Art

About Our Programs


Tot Time
The Tot Time program facilitates learning among children ages 2-5, who together with their caretakers, experience tours of Harn Museum galleries, providing art materials, books, games and explaining age-appropriate concepts. This free program is offered on the first Friday at 11 a.m. and the last Tuesday at 3:30 p.m. each month. Due to holidays and other events, occasionally the program is cancelled. View the Harn calendar for the most current information and themes.

Family Day
Held five times per year on select Saturdays, Harn Family Days offer people of all ages the opportunity for families to enjoy hands-on art activities together that complement a family-friendly gallery experience.


Art for Life
During Art for Life presentations, specially trained docents bring large posters, hands-on objects, music and photographs into retirement residences and group facilities to engage senior audiences. The program offers 18 educational modules based on art from the museum's permanent collection. Visual analysis and discussion of the work and artist provides perspective and insight into the art. The goal of the program is to enrich the lives of seniors through arts programming while encouraging the use of art as a catalyst for interaction among senior residents, facilitators and staff. For additional information about Art for Life or to request an Art for Life presentation, contact Lisa Stevens at 352.392.9826 x2112 or Materials for the program were created with funding in 2003 from the MetLife Foundation. In 2010 a National Endowment for the Arts grant was awarded to expand and enhance the program.

MindSight is an initiative of the Gator Lions Club that is hosted annually at the Harn Museum of Art. The goal of the event is to provide the opportunity for people to experience art through senses other than sight. Local artists and University of Florida students provide works of art that can be examined through touch, with verbal descriptions given by student guides and the artists themselves. Both sighted persons and persons with limited or no sight are invited to participate in this experience.


Vital Visionaries
Originally created by Johns Hopkins College of Medicine, Vital Visionaries facilitates interaction between medical students and older adults. Each student is paired with an adult to experience tours of exhibitions and interactive activities based on the work. The program emphasizes interaction among generations.

Harn Eminent Scholar Lectures
Co-sponsored by the University of Florida School of Art and Art History through the Harn Eminent Scholar Endowment, this series presents lectures by distinguished scholars and leaders in their fields. Fall and spring series are held each year in the Chandler Auditorium at the Harn Museum of Art.

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