The Butler offers a wide array of visual arts programs for people
of all ages. Tours of the museum's permanent collection and temporary shows offer visitors assistance interpreting exhibitions. A variety of free programs serve the communities schools, service groups, libraries and nursing homes.
Butler docent volunteers bring slide and computer presentations to area
groups, and introduce them to this valuable cultural resource.
Butler lectures include the annual Butler/YSU Symposia on
American Art series which brings art world celebrities to the Institute. Past
speakers for this series include; Gregory Amenoff, Michael Brenson, J. Carter
Brown, Clarence Carter, Judy Chicago, Nicolai Cikovsky, Milton Esterow, Peter
Halley, Richard Hunt, Robert Hughes, Paul Jenkins, Donald Kuspit,
Edward Lucie-Smith, Judy Pfaff, Peter Plagens, Robert Rauschenberg, Peter
Reginato, Barbara Rose, Raphael Rubenstein, Holly Solomon, Gary Stephan and
The Butler's free Film on Art series features art history
documentaries, and are shown regularly in the museum's state-of-the-art
Beecher Center Zona Auditorium. Likewise, the Butler's Art of Film
series presents the best of Hollywood classics drawn from the American Film
Institute's list of the top one hundred American films, as well as the
Erbe collection of silent films, classic television and cartoons.
challenged school-age students.
Art classes for children and adults are offered quarterly, and are conducted by highly skilled and qualified instructors. The Al Parella
Scholarship fund makes Butler classes available to talented,
The Butler offers free family programs each month to introduce
families to the Institute's collection and temporary shows. Butler instructors
lead children and their parents in an art activity based upon works on view
within the museum's galleries.
Each year, the Butler hosts its annual Summer Arts Day Camp for
children. Begun in 1989, this much-heralded program focuses on young
people from special constituencies, and is conducted within the galleries of
the Institute. Children from the region between the ages of eight and
twelve are eligible for the camp.
The Sweeney Gallery, an interactive space for families, offers
temporary exhibitions designed for children. In this gallery, hands-on
stations allow youngsters to create art.