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Art Bridges Initiative

Building long-lasting relationships among museums around the nation.


The Art Bridges Initiative is committed to supporting multi-year exhibition partnerships among museums nationwide. The initiative 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.

Originated in 2018, the initiative has created six museum cohorts led by institutions in Boston, Detroit, Hartford, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. For each cohort, an organizing museum invites regional institutions to create exhibitions that are designed to educate, inspire, and deepen engagement with local audiences.

Sharing collections and resources, the initiative’s dynamic partnerships will generate over eighty exhibitions that are content rich, include in-depth educational and interpretive materials, and are designed to meet a wide range of audience interests. The initiative also fosters professional development exchanges between partners and across cohorts.

Visitors look at the painting La Ofrenda by Diego Rivera
Utah MFA visitors look at La Ofrenda by Diego Rivera, on loan from Art Bridges as part of the Art Bridges Initiative.

Courtesy of Utah Museum of Fine Arts


  • Expand access to outstanding works of American art among audiences across the United States
  • Create opportunities to curate collaboratively using shared collections and resources
  • Foster professional-development exchange among all participating institutions
  • Form a nationwide network of institutions committed to presenting American art in innovative ways
  • Broaden the relevance of museums in the 21st century by piloting meaningful exhibitions with specific communities in mind

Detroit Institute of Arts Cohort

Exhibiting throughout Michigan

Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Cohort

Partnering in the Northeast

Philadelphia Museum of Art Cohort

Sharing within the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania

Smithsonian American Art Museum Cohort

American West Consortium across the United States

Los Angeles County Museum of Art Cohort

Local Access in Southern California

Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Cohort

Reaching into the Deep South

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