horse:kidsThe 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 community’s 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 Symposia on American Art series which brings art world celebrities to the Institute.


The Butler’s free Film on Art series features art history documentaries, which are shown on Tuesdays at noon in the museum’s state-of-the-art Beecher Center Zona Auditorium.



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, financially challenged school-age students.

Fall/Winter 2017-2018 Adult and Children’s Class Brochure

Winter/Spring 2018 Adult & Children’s Art Classes

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 Visual Arts Day Camp for children. Begun in 1989, this unique program focuses on young people from special constituencies, and is conducted within the galleries of the Butler’s Trumbull branch. Children from the region between the ages of eight and twelve are eligible for the camp. Summer Camp for 2018 will be held Tuesday through Friday, July 17-20 and July 24-27, 2018. Call the Education Department at 330-743-1107,  Ext. 1101 or email for more information.


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.