The Art Bridges Cohort Program aims to change the way museums collaborate with one another by breaking down barriers to collection and resource sharing, exhibition creation, and long-term partnership building. Since 2018, more than 40 museums have presented over 75 exhibitions of American art across the U.S. through this multiyear, multi-institutional program.
The Cohort Program builds on Art Bridges’ mission to expand access to American art across the United States and to empower museums to broaden traditional definitions of American art. For each cohort, a lead museum collaborates with its regional partners to create exhibitions that inspire and deepen engagement with local audiences.
Sharing collections and resources, cohort partners generate exhibitions that are relevant to the local community and enriched through shared interpretation and educational materials.
Cohort partners work with the Art Bridges' Learning & Engagement team to build projects that further community engagement efforts and goals.
The Cohort Program also fosters professional development exchanges among partners and across cohorts, facilitated by Art Bridges-supported staff at the lead museums, including arts professionals of the Art Bridges Fellows Program.
The Art Bridges Cohort Program aims to change the way museums collaborate with one another by breaking down barriers to collection and resource sharing, exhibition building, and long-term partnership building.
Expand access to outstanding works of American art at museums across the country.
Form a nationwide network of institutions committed to presenting American art in innovative ways.
Create opportunities to curate collaboratively using shared collections and resources.
Foster professional development exchange among all participating institutions.
Breaking down barriers to sharing works of American art among institutions of varying sizes and geographies.
Broaden the relevance of museums in the 21st century by piloting meaningful exhibitions with specific communities in mind.
Every year, each cohort gathers together to develop new exhibition ideas, discuss learnings from current projects, and enjoy workshops and professional camaraderie at rotating partner sites.
Harnessing the transformative power of the visual arts to encourage midterm election participation.
Munson strengthens its ties with local communities.
Embracing the power of storytelling and collaboration, the Allentown Art Museum launched a community quilting project to build connections and celebrate difference.
In summer 2021, the Mattatuck Museum in Waterbury, Connecticut, displayed works by some of today’s most influential Black contemporary and modern artists. Kara Walker, Kehinde Wiley, Romare Bearden and Jordan Casteel were just some of the artists in the Mattatuck’s A Face Like Mine exhibition.
Using inclusive design for their presentation of Many Wests: Artists Shape an American Idea, the Boise Art Museum reduced barriers to participation by expanding accessibility.
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