Bart’s ArtVenture is an interactive gallery that will offer a way for kids and parents to learn about the art in the BMA collection, and to explore their own creativity in fun and exciting ways. The gallery will be located next to the museum restaurant, Oscar’s at the Museum, in the Hess and Sonat Galleries. The name Bart’s ArtVenture is inspired by the mascot of the BMA’s education department; “Bart” is the nickname of an ornamental gold bat housed in the pre-Columbian gallery.
The museum has devised ingenious ways for kids to interact with its extensive and varied art collection, and have some hands-on fun creating their own masterpieces. A new technology, designed especially for Bart’s ArtVenture, will allow kids to step into great works of art and even create their own abstract designs. An S-shaped “art bar” will allow as many as 15 children at a time to participate in creative projects based on the museum’s collection. The gallery is designed to accommodate children of all ages in different age-appropriate zones. The Hess portion of the gallery is setup for bigger kids, while the Sonat space is designated for toddlers and young children.
Bart’s ArtVenture will also give artists in the community a new place to showcase their talents and inspire children. A changing community gallery space will display various artists’ family-friendly art throughout the year. The first exhibit scheduled for the gallery is Heather Spencer Holmes’ installation Smack!
Birmingham Museum of Art
2000 Eighth Avenue North
Birmingham, AL 35203
Hours of Operation
Tuesday-Saturday, 10 a.m. -5 p.m.; Sunday, noon-5 p.m.