From now until the end of August, children under 18 years will get free admission to Tacoma Art Museum, in an offer made possible by museum donors.
"We want young people in our community to be exposed to the arts," said Paula McArdle, director of education and audience development. "We’d love to see teenagers and families take advantage of this affordable, educational activity as the summer winds down."
So what can kids see and do now at TAM? Current exhibitions include the vast array of art jewelry in the Helen Williams Drutt collection, some really funky jewelry from Seattle artist Nancy Worden, the best of Northwest painting and glass in the 2009 Neddy award show, selections from the permanent collection in “Speaking Parts,” and the permanent showcase of Dale Chihuly’s glass art (including the floats in the sculptural courtyard.)
There’s also the excellent art studio, where activities are linked to current exhibitions, and the resource center/library.
TAM is open through Labor Day from 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesdays-Saturdays, 10 a.m.-8 p.m. third Thursdays and noon-5 p.m. Sundays. Hours change in fall. $9 adult/$8 student, senior, military/$25 family. Free for five and under and third Thursdays. 1701 Pacific Ave., Tacoma. 253-272-4258, www.TacomaArtMuseum.org