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Help ART SMART expand our Family Tours, Women in Leadership Tours, and Foodie Art Tour from NYC to Boston, Chicago & DC!
Help ART SMART expand our Family Tours, Women in Leadership Tours, and Foodie Art Tour from NYC to Boston, Chicago & DC!
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About ART SMART

I created ART SMART over 15 years ago because I realized that many people didn't always know how to best connect with museum collections. I wanted to make the experience of exploring art more personal and engaging. Over the years, we’ve created tours and experiences for small groups - from families to groups of friends or colleagues. Our clients tell us what they’re interested in, what they want to learn more about, and we customize each experience so that each museum or gallery tour is unique and innovative.

 

Through the years of leading tours in New York, we’ve found the right mix of ingredients to create special museum & gallery outings for people, and now we’re ready to bring ART SMART to these other cities : Washington D.C.; Boston and Chicago!

Specifically, we have three areas that we want to expand in: 

#1: Creating new kid’s booklets for our Family Tours

Viewing art in a museum can be especially overwhelming for children, so we’ve created a series of booklets for use in our Family Tours that includes scavenger hunts and informative games, and builds off topics that children are already familiar with and excited by - from Ancient Egyptian history to medieval knights. Now that ART SMART is expanding to Boston, Chicago and D.C. - all cities that have fantastic encyclopedic museums - we will need to research, create and print more children’s booklets for the the Art Institute of Chicago; the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston and the National Portrait Gallery in D.C.

Creating entire new series of childrens’ workbooks requires a significant amount of resources - from time needed to research the collections, to designing and printing the booklets. Contributing to our Kickstarter campaign will help with our publishing and printing costs and will ensure that the team will be able to spend as much time as they need to put together these educational and fun booklets.

#2 “Feast Your Eyes: Foodie Art”

We want to to bring our innovative and interdisciplinary tour, “Feast Your Eyes” to Boston, Chicago and DC - all of which have excellent culinary scenes and a deep connection to food. This is so much more than a just a regular art tour - this is an engaging and in-depth experience that that looks at food culture throughout time and helps connect our current obsession with food to our cultural history.

James Peale (American), ca. 1820s. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
James Peale (American), ca. 1820s. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

In this explorative journey you’ll be led by a professional art historian through a visual feast - you’ll travel to Ancient Egypt and learn about beer brewing; understand the oftentimes violent role that sugar played in America’s history, and maybe finish off with a cocktail in the modern jazz age.

Model Bakery and Brewery from the Tomb of Meketre, 1981–1975 B.C. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)
Model Bakery and Brewery from the Tomb of Meketre, 1981–1975 B.C. (The Metropolitan Museum of Art)

Your contribution will help us with the costs associated with researching collections at museums in Boston, Chicago and DC, and writing new material that is specific for each city. Your funds will also help us with the promotional costs associated with getting the word out about this critically acclaimed tour.

 

#3 Women in Leadership Team Building Tour 

We are developing a series of team-building tours focused on Women in Leadership. We understand how especially important raising women up is, especially now - and we believe that art can help start some of these conversations. 

These team-building tours will focus on several themes: networking, telling your story, inspiration, failure, success, risk-taking, and collaboration. The art historian guide will provide a framework for discussion, using select key artworks that as inspiration. We’ll touch on everything from the role of women in art and beyond; from how female subjects have been represented throughout time, to the the often-times untold stories of women artists themselves. 

What Makes Us Different?

Our guides aren’t docents or scripted actors - they’re art historians, professors at research institutions and art world professionals who have completed years of education and research; they have wealth of experience and a ton of insider knowledge that they’d love to share with you. And most importantly, we keep groups small so that the guides can focus on customization and making the experience truly unique for you!

 

 

 

Risks and challenges

We are on track towards building our super-star team of guides in Boston, Chicago and D.C. but because the holiday season is our busiest time of the year, there is a chance that we will not be able to deliver all of our rewards until February 2018.

If everyone who contributes to our campaign opts for a group tour, there will be some additional administrative time required to schedule in more guides and additional group tours. But we promise, we will make sure everyone who wants a tour, gets one!

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    Digital postcard

    As a thank you for your support you will receive a digital postcard of an iconic image from New York City taken by one of our favorite photographers.

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    Children's museum booklet

    One of our newly created children’s museum booklets (pick from one of the following museums: Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA Boston; or the National Portrait Gallery in DC) - perfect for the young museum-goer!

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    Insta-Art Hunt: self-guided w/ Instagram

    You will get to participate in a self-guided Insta-Art Hunt experience! We’ll email you an exclusive ART SMART map that will lead you on a self-guided tour & scavenger hunt through one of the following museums: the Metropolitan Museum of Art; the Art Institute of Chicago; MFA Boston; or the National Portrait Gallery in DC, and you’ll have access to our specially created, private Instagram account that lists objects for you to find. Each object will be accompanied by fun bits of information & trivia that will put the work into an art historical context and provide clues to the next object!

    You will need access to an Instagram account to participate in the hunt and since the Instagram account is private, you’ll need to request access before your self-guided tour.

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    Join a unique guided museum experience

    Participate in one of our group art tours in one of the following cities: NYC, DC, Boston, Chicago. Pick from one of three dates in each city (tours will be held on a Friday evening or during the day on Saturday). For each city, we’ll offer one tour that is family-focused; one Feast Your Eyes: Foodie Art Tour, and another on Women in Leadership.

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    Met tour w/ a professional photographer

    Participate in a group tour at the Metropolitan Museum of Art with one of our fantastic, knowledgeable guides, AND also have a professional portrait/ headshot taken inside the museum at one of the Met highlights! Your portrait will be taken by by Jen of The Fox & The Hare Photography.

    Pick from one of two dates: Friday Nov 3rd 6-8pm, and Sunday Nov 5th 11am-1pm (limit of 24 people per tour)

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    Private Art Guide for 4 ppl

    A private 90-minute tour in a museum or gallery district with one of our awesome knowledgeable guides, in any one of our cities, for up to four people. This is a great way to have an in-depth encounter with art and you'll get to also to ask as many questions you want! A fantastic gift for the culturally curious (please note, that depending on the venue, this may not cover admission costs).
    You'll have your choice of location in each city, and we will be in touch to find out what type of tour you'd be most interested in!
    This is fantastic value for money as this package is usually $400.

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    Private, all-inclusive tour for 4 ppl

    An all inclusive, private tour at a museum or gallery district with one of our awesome guides in any of our cities, for up to four people. A wonderful gift for the curious museum-goer. (Admission for all four guests is included in this reward).

    You'll have your choice of location in each city, and we will be in touch to find out what type of tour you'd be most interested in! This is fantastic value for money as this package is usually $500.

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    Intimate guided tour for up to 8 ppl

    This experience is great for corporate groups, or teams of co-workers, perhaps even as a fun team-building experience! We will host up to 8 guests, and provide a customized & exclusive tour experience at the venue of your choice, whether that is a museum or a gallery district. This tour will be one that is designed especially for you and your team! Please note, that depending on the venue, this may not include cover admission costs.

    This is package is usually valued at $800 so this is a fantastic opportunity!

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    A before-hours tour of the Met

    The top reward! See the Metropolitan Museum of Art like you've never seen it before! You'll see the museum before it officially opens - an unforgettable experience! This is an intimate experience for up to 25 people and is for 90 minutes.

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