The Danforth Museum of Art was incorporated as a nonprofit institution in 1973. It was founded by area residents, with support from Framingham State College (FSC), and the Town of Framingham. The Museum was named for Thomas Danforth who owned the original Colonial land grant for what is now known as the Metrowest area of Boston. The selection of this name reflects the Museum's regional focus.
The mission of the Danforth Museum of Art is to preserve, promote, collect, and exhibit the aesthetic achievements of the past, and to encourage, support and promote the arts of the present. The Danforth's bylaws state: "The Museum shall encourage public interest in and foster an understanding and appreciation of the arts by all segments of the population. The Museum will feature a broad spectrum of programs and events of consistently high quality and function as a regional art museum, an educational center and a cultural resource."
The Museum houses six galleries featuring exhibitions from the permanent collection of 19th- and 20th-century prints, drawings, photographs, paintings, and sculpture. Special exhibitions include both regional and national contemporary art, 20th-century photography, and historical exhibitions of specific artists or movements in American art. Hands-on activities are available for children. A fine arts library provides art historical literature as well as information on all special exhibitions and the Museum Shop has a varied selection of craft items, cards, gifts and unique jewelry.
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For more information, contact Danforth Museum of Art, 123 Union Avenue, Framingham, MA 01702, or call (508) 620-0050, or visit the museum website at: www.danforthmuseum.org
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