Art from Afar: Joslyn's Online Engagement Opportunities

Welcome back! Joslyn Art Museum reopened its galleries to the public on August 7, 2020, following a more than four-month closure in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. Check out our Visitor Information page for new protocols and free timed ticket reservations, required for all visitors.

During our period of closure, Museum staff planned and presented robust virtual engagement opportunities for all ages—and these continue! Online offerings include virtual art classes for ages 6 to adult, distance learning for schools and teachers, art exploration programs for adults including virtual lectures and discussions, exclusive content for members, and more.

Joslyn's virtual opportunities range from passive to participatory and are meant to be both educational and entertaining. If you are not ready or able to make an in-person visit right now, they are a great resource to access from home. If you are returning to the galleries now, our online content is an extraordinary complement to those on-site experiences. 

In addition to regular continuing social media activity, the following opportunities will be highlighted via the Museum's website and social media accounts, most notably Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter.



Exhibition Mobile Tour
Free Wi-Fi is available in all Joslyn galleries. Use your mobile device to access the dual language Revisiting America: ThePrints of Currier & Ives exhibition mobile tour (transcript available in the website options). Dial (402) 881-3601 for English or (402) 972-4031 for Spanish or visit joslyn.org > Mobile Tours. From afar, using your computer, access the Virtual Tour. Presented by Joslyn and OnCell.

Virtual Art Talks
Thursday, February 4 @ 6:30 pm
A special online program with Ximena A. Gómez, Ph.D., who discussed devotional images of the Virgin of Copacabana from colonial Peru. Click here to watch a recording of the event.

Coming in June!
The Bee's Knees, a dance film by American Midwest Ballet

Thursday, July 15 @ 6:30 pm

Virtual Visualizing Literature: Book Club for Art Lovers
Visualizing Literature features docent-led discussion groups four times a year connecting literature and art. Advance registration is required and space is limited.
Tuesday, June 8 @ 10:30 am: Rules of Civility, written by Amor Towles

Art Chats
Art Chats are prompts designed to help you and your friends or family look at and talk about artworks from Joslyn's collection. They're great for all ages! Nine themes are posted (45 "conversation starters" total - many in Spanish, too), so start talking!

Member Picks
While the galleries were closed, we invited Joslyn members to share with us their favorites from the permanent collection, along with short reflections that describe why the pieces "move them." Read them here and enjoy!

Virtual Studio Art Classes
Join us via Zoom to explore themes, methods, and materials inspired by works from Joslyn's galleries as a group, with guidance for independent practice between sessions. Click here for class details (for students ages six through adult) and to register.

Curator-led Virtual Gallery Talks
Listen to our curators give short talks about works on view in the galleries, accompanied by video of the art. Find them on Facebook and YouTube.

Art Adventures LIVE!
During the summer of 2020, this program streamed live on Facebook on Friday mornings. Learn about artworks in Joslyn’s collection, and make art of your own by accessing the recorded sessions on YouTube (supply lists included). 

Crowdsourcing the Collection
An initial request on Instagram generated great ideas! The curatorial staff worked on responses about the works people picked. Follow Joslyn on Instagram to see their responses!



    PLUS: More for Members
    Joslyn Art Museum members have access to a series of content, More for Members, which provides a variety of special insider, exclusive, virtual conversations with curators and artists, gallery tours, and events connecting you to art. Join Joslyn today!

    Select recordings of members-only programs are now available for all to view:






    Please consider making a gift today. Your contribution will allow to provide virtual art education tools, such as free lesson plans and art-making activities, and to support our community while schools and the Museum are closed.