The Art Bridges Cohort Program is committed to supporting multi-year exhibition partnerships among museums nationwide. The 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.
Originated in 2018, the Cohort Program (also known as the Art Bridges Initiative) has created seven museum cohorts led by institutions in Boston, Detroit, Fort Worth, Hartford, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, and Washington, D.C. For each cohort, an organizing museum and its regional partners collaborate to create exhibitions that inspire and deepen engagement with local audiences.
Sharing collections and resources, the program’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.
Additionally, presenting partners work with the Art Bridges Learning & Engagement team on programming to further deepen community engagement. The Cohort Program also fosters professional development exchanges between partners and across cohorts, facilitated by Art Bridges-supported staff at the organizing museums, including arts professionals of the Art Bridges Fellows Program.
Courtesy of Mattatuck Museum
- 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
Partners in Michigan are co-curating exhibitions that feature the Detroit Institute of Arts collection.
Clinton Arts Center (permanently closed)
Dennos Museum Center (Traverse City, MI)
Flint Institute of Arts (Flint, MI)
Grand Rapids Art Museum (Grand Rapids, MI)
Krasl Art Center (St. Joseph, MI)
Lorenzo Cultural Center, Macomb Community College Center Campus (Clinton Township, MI)
Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (Saginaw, MI)
Muskegon Museum of Art (Muskegon, MI)
Oakland University Art Gallery (Rochester, MI)
William Bonifas Fine Arts Center (Escanaba, MI)
Los Angeles County Museum of Art Cohort
Partner museums in Southern California are co-organizing exhibitions with the Los Angeles County Museum of Art to provide Local Access.
California State University, Northridge Art Galleries (Northridge, CA)
Lancaster Museum of Art and History (Lancaster, CA)
Riverside Art Museum (Riverside, CA)
Vincent Price Art Museum (Monterey Park, CA)
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston Cohort
Four partner museums in the Northeast are creating exhibitions centered around artworks from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
Philadelphia Museum of Art Cohort
Eight partner museums across the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania are organizing exhibitions anchored by Philadelphia Museum of Art artworks.
Allentown Art Museum (Allentown, PA)
Demuth Museum/Lancaster Museum of Art (Lancaster, PA)
Erie Art Museum (Erie, PA)
James A. Michener Art Museum (Doylestown, PA)
Palmer Museum of Art [Penn State University] (University Park, PA)
Reading Public Museum (Reading, PA)
Trout Gallery [Dickinson College] (Carlisle, PA)
Westmoreland Museum of American Art (Greensburg, PA)
Smithsonian American Art Museum Cohort
After exhibiting selections from the Smithsonian American Art Museum collection, partners of the American West Consortium are presenting a collaboratively organized exhibition.
Wadsworth Atheneum Museum of Art Cohort
Four partner museums in the Southeast are sharing their collections alongside the Wadsworth Museum of Art in a series of exhibitions.