DANFORTH MUSEUM CORP

Rating: 5 stars   13 reviews

Issues: Arts & Culture

Location: 123 Union Ave Framingham MA 01702 USA

Mission: The Danforth Museum of Art is dedicated to the celebration and creation of art. The museum is a non-profit, privately supported, public art museum, whose primary purpose is to provide education in the visual arts for the Metrowest through its collection of American art, exhibitions, museum school and outreach programs in the community.

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Danforth Museum is an incredible resource for both those who wish to study art as well as observe it. Young and old can enjoy the vast course offerings the Art School have to offer, and Katherine French has put the museum on the New England art map with a number of innovative and intriguing exhibits. Events such as the upcoming "Matter of Taste" Wine Tasting on November 6th, draw people from a 30+ mile radius to the museum to partake of the fine wine, the great food, the inspiring art and the wonderful interaction between all in attendance. The museum is definitely a happening place on the metro-west social scene and should not be missed.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

enjoying the many rotating exhibits, paticipating in various events, wine tastings, auctions, juried shows, fundraisers, etc.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

Seeing the impact that museum is having on the community, on the Framingham school children that pass through each day, the budding artists who take classes, and learn the joy of creating something.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

warm, friendly, helpful, instructive

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Totally renovate the building in which it is housed and show much more of its collections, expand the quality and number of classrooms for art instruction, and increase its marketing to promote the museum more widely to others

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every month

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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The Danforth Museum and Framingham State University have developed a close collaboration that benefits both organizations and the community. It is a gem.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its program offerings.

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About every month

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2010-9-01

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Rating: 5 stars  

The Danforth Museum of Art is an incredibly dynamic and growing organization. Serving both children and adults through its Art Museum and School, this treasure offers fun, creative, and educational experiences in a community environment. Learning opportunities abound for anyone interested. The staff is exceptionally customer service focused with every attention to detail and making sure you get the most out of your visit. The store is also fabulous with its different products from emerging and regional artists.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

Its exhibits, art classes, events, & teen docent tours. I've taken my family to all of them including Sunday's Drop into Art. My kids love the Danforth and always have a blast. My husband & I love the wine tasting, Off the Wall & Over the Moon events.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-9-01

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11 people found this review helpful

I have seen the renaissance of the Danforth Museum of Art under the 5-year tenure of Katherine French, who has taken on a vital role in the local community of providing art education, programs and outreach to the school children(there is also an excellent gallery devoted to artists creating books and art for children) and adults of Framingham. In addition, she has energized and offered exhibition opportunities to Boston-area artists through the New England Currents' exhibitions, annual juried(Off the Wall exhibition) and artist member exhibitions. There are excellent solo New England artist retrospectives as well as those of international artists, such as Joan Synder, John Walker and Ana Pacheko. Katherine French has also added to the legacy of Boston art by highlighting the work of the historical Boston expressionists and their 2nd and 3rd generation representatives, a field not covered in other Boston museums.Up at this moment is a large exhibition featuring some of their work. In addition, I have seen the museum flourish from 2 points of view, as an artist and an overseer.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

two ways, as both an artist and an overseer at the museum. In both roles, the experience has been one of the most exciting and positive in my career.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

working with the director, Katherine French, who gives 110% of her time, talents and devotion to this museum. She has a wonderful vision for this museum which she is implementing bit by bit.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

OUTSTANDING!

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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2 people found this review helpful

In the years that Katherine French became director, her unceasing dedication and vision has turned this museum into a dynamic and vital site for New England artists and the public. Through artist talks, museum events, and education by dedicated museum docents, volunteers, and educators, contemporary art and issues have been brought to the table for exciting discussions. I am an artist who had the honor of exhibiting at the Danforth Museum in their New England Currents exhibitions. And during that time, I was privy to the running of this museum. The extremely dedicated staff and volunteers are what makes this museum top rate. This museum runs on a shoestring budget. In order for it to continue growing and providing the kind of exhibitions the museum has been giving, the Danforth needs funding to maintain and upgrade its facilities. There is no funding to get any audio visual equipment (important in an age of installation and technical related art), upgrading the lighting in the gallery walls, and an almost non-existent budget for transportation of art and publications. The Danforth museum is a valuable resource for the artists, appreciators, and the public. It has the vision and dedication to achieve as one of New England's best art museums.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I have watched Danforth museum change in the last five years. Starting from a very grass root support, it has grown to be a dynamic place for New England art and artists and the public. Gallery talks, classroom, and the children's gallery all contribute.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

The exhibitions have brought attention of art that is relevant and to be seen and discussed. The opening draws a wide range of people who all love art. Also, the exisiting collection has been brought to attention.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff and volunteers are amazing. In part because of the size of the museum, there is a personal and welcoming relationship with the artists and the public. I have never attended a museum in which the director greets everyone at each opening.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

Become one of the best and top art museums in New England! Under the directorship and vision of Katherine French and the people that believe in this museum, large financial support would enable this small museum to bring a wider range of exhibitions.

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About every month

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2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

Gem in unexpected place outside of Boston. Catherine French the director of the museum has brought this museum to a new height.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

quality of its art shows

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About every month

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2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I am currently on Overseer at the Museum and a craft artist with work in the Museum Shop. Over the past several years, I have volunteered my time and marketing expertise to support various fund-raising events. The people associated with the Danforth Museum are down-to-earth, dedicated lovers of art whose primary mission is education. Under the leadership of Katherine French the Museum has become more vital and even more accessible to both the local art community and the public.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

its tireless dedication to providing quality art education to children and adults

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

expand, renovate and/or relocate

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

it offers a very personal art experience

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

people who try to connect in a positive way with everyone who enters the museum

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

revitalize the building for more comfortable classrooms and provide a better environment for its wonderful art collection.

Ways to make it better...

the physical surroundings were more expansive and more comfortable

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

maintaining its physical surroundings and encouraging the spirit of philanthropy in a difficult economy.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every month

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2010-1-01

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2 people found this review helpful

I am a new member of the Board of Overseers and I'm excited about what the museum has done since Katherine French became the director, and I am even more excited about where the museum is going in the future. I have attended numerous exhibits, events and lectures - all wonderful, and I think the museum's focus on expressionism in its many forms offers a unique focus for growth.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the stimulation it has provided and the opportunity to increase my understanding and appreciation of a major form of artistic expression.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

up beat and the vision and energy of the executive director, Katherine French, are contagious. She makes you want to be a part of the museum's future.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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3 people found this review helpful

I have been involved with the Danforth Museum of Art for over 35 years. It started out as a local, grass roots museum and has grown into an outstanding, well-known art museum throughout MA, New England, and USA. The museum Art School has also grown, now serving thousands of adults and children with art classes taught by well-respected, professional, art educators in a multiple mediums.

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

many different ways, but always through the best art programs and art exhibitions provided by the current director, Katherine French.

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

change the physical location of the Museum to a brighter, more modern building

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the fabulous art education I've received personally through my volunteering

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

The staff is the best: giving of their knowledge and time far more than they are compensated for.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

begin plans for a new museum with HVAC controls and much more space

Ways to make it better...

the facilities could be improved from the present 1910 infra-structure.

In my opinion, the biggest challenges facing this organization are...

The lack of an endowment fund and the physical plant.

One thing I'd also say is that...

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About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-2-01

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11 people found this review helpful

As a docent at the Danforth Museum of Art for about 5 years, I attended weekly docent meetings, and did at least fifty tours. It was exciting because the exhibitions rotated fairly often after Katherine French became the new director. As a practicing artist myself, with some background in art history and with many different media in the fine arts, fascilitating discussion with guests to the Museum fed into my own personal creative sensibility. Our tours varied according to our guests. Our largest and most regular group of guests were the 3rd graders in the Framingham public school system. We had a Native American Tour designed to enhance their classroom studies. We would also do tours for art students at Framingham State College each year, which I almost always signed up for. With about 25 to 30 docents each year, I enjoyed a lively educational experience with them as well. We would often take on a subject, such as Boston Expressionism, and develop a comprehensive talk for fellow docents. I felt myself growing and expanding my skills. Besides the docent-related activities, I also attended many gala openings and receptions. My favorite one was for a major exhibition of sculptures by Ana Maria Pacheco. This exhibition addressed deep emotional issues in Brazilian history, psychology, culture. It was riveting. I'm recountung all this in the past, as I moved to Rhode Island in May of 2009. I'm not that far away, though. I still keep an eye on upcoming events and openings; and I drop in to see all the exhibitions, say "hi" to everyone, and check out the store. I'm still a member, and plan on continuing to enter my watercolors into the Annual Members' Show. Who knows, maybe someday, I'll be so lucky as to get into the juried part of the show! I keep tryin'!

I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I started as a docent at the Danforth just before Katherine French arrived as the new director. Before she came, the permanent collection was the primary focus in the galleries. Now there is more emphasis on contemporary American art.

What I've enjoyed the most about my experience with this nonprofit is...

the art itself. I'm proud that Katherine has created a niche in our galleries for Boston Expressionists. I also LOVE seeing the best of what local artists are up to in the Annual Juried Members' Show.

The kinds of staff and volunteers that I met were...

a highlight of my experience at the museum. I feel like they are all my friends.

If this organization had 10 million bucks, it could...

get a new heating system, restore the building, and be more able to expand the collection. It would be a real coup for Downtown Framingham to have an even more important mecca for the fine arts half way between Worcester and Boston.

How frequently have you been involved with the organization?

About every week

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010-1-01

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