Arts & Culture,
Mission: The Triton Museum of Art exists to embrace and expand the lives of the people of Santa Clara County and the Greater Bay Area through a program of art, education and community involvement.
Programs: The Museum's long standing policy of free admission to exhibitions and many of its programs eliminates economic barriers to attendance and broadens the ethnic and socioeconomic profile of our audience. The Museum reaches over 150,000 people annually, through its exhibitions, education and community programs, and satellite gallery and exhibition spaces. The Museum exhibits permanent collection shows and solo, group and theme-based exhibits throughout the year. In addition, Triton sponsors annual statewide competitions and exhibitions of groups such as the California Watercolor Association, in which any artist, regardless of exhibition history, may be considered for selection. The Museum's Rose Shenson Community Art Gallery provides a venue for local community arts groups, including Santa Clara Watercolor Society, South Bay Women's Caucus for Artists and Santa Clara Unified School District, to showcase the works of their artists. Triton served over 1,133 artists in FY 2006-07. Education is central to the vision of the Triton Museum of Art and integral to the development and design of each exhibition. The Museum offers a learning environment in which curiosity, experimentation and spirited dialogue are encouraged. Our aim is for each visitor, regardless of age, background or ability, to experience the Museum with enthusiasm and success, empowered by new perspectives and ideas. We are committed to providing exceptional programs in the creation and understanding of art for individuals of all ages. ArtReach, an award-winning California standards-based visual art education program developed by the Museum, is the basis for many of the programs offered on and off-site at the Museum. TMA has expanded ArtReach to an after-school program at Scott Lane Elementary. ArtReach After-School consists of three classes per week for ten weeks. ArtReach also serves 700 patients with long term illnesses and disabilities at Lucile Salter Packard Children's Hospital at Stanford, providing a fun method of rehabilitation and social interaction through the creation of art. ArtStudio/KidStudio provide hands-on art classes on-site at varying levels for ages 3 to adult, from beginning to advanced. Preschoolers with their parents can take an art immersion class that meets once a week. Rotating subjects for other classes include Life Drawing and Painting, Sculpture, Asian Brush Painting, Watercolor, Pastel, Calligraphy, and Acrylic Painting. TMA strives to provide art education to the community regardless of socio-economic constraints. To this end, we offer classes at affordable rates with a 10% discount to Santa Clara residents, and we have instituted the KidStudio Community Scholarship Program that benefits Santa Clara Unified School District students. ArtTours, the Museum's guided gallery tours, are offered by trained docents and adapted for specific audiences. With advanced scheduling, tours in Spanish and Japanese can be arranged. Family Art Day, offered three times a year, provides thematic art activities and gallery exploration for all ages. These programs are underwritten by sponsors and are always free to the public. The focus of the program is to expose children and families to art processes, and to tie in activities to the ongoing exhibitions. TMA scheduled three Family Art Days in 2007-08(Oct, Dec, and March) making the event accessible to working families and attracting new audiences to the Museum. Audience attendance for the Family Days totaled 2,000.