OUTREACH

Enjoy a virtual program or have the Museum travel to your organization.

What to Expect

A member of the Museum’s team will present a 45-60 minute lecture on a selected topic, leaving time for questions and answers after. Both in-person and Zoom presentations will include a PowerPoint with high resolution images of the collection. In-person presentations include objects from the education collection. Want something more interactive? Fill out the form below to get the conversation started!

Reservations

Reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance and are not confirmed until you receive email confirmation from Museum staff. Scroll down for a reservation form.

Rates

Virtual: $50
In Person: $150
Programs can be customized to meet the needs of the group. Pricing increases $25-$100 depending on the level of research and planning a required to develop the program.

Payment

Payment must be made within 30 days of the issued invoice.

Topics

Caves to Cathedrals

The presentation From Caves to Cathedrals discusses the history of the development of Russian Orthodox iconography far beyond its origins in the catacombs of Rome and Byzantium. Humankind has used images to convey information as far back as can be traced. Over time these images developed into visual languages, which would form the base of art and creativity. Whispers of ancient cave paintings and Egyptian frescoes can be found in Russian icons, demonstrating an impressive lineage of visual communication.

Iconography Past and Present

Icons serve many purposes and are one of the most important aspects of Orthodox culture. Like many art forms, the icon has visually evolved over time, yet the symbolism and theological concepts remain constant. How are these objects used in daily life? What meaning can we extract from the colors and symbols used? Find answers to these questions and more, as participants closely examine several icons from the Museum’s collection and engage with images of the divine.

Faith & Folktales:
Russian Storytelling Through Images

Over the centuries Russian artists perfected the use of visual language to tell stories and teach tradition through pictures. Russian iconographers, creators of Orthodox religious art, would use form and color to depict complex beliefs and messages. These same techniques were later used by secular artists to depict history, fairy tales, folklore, and scenes of daily life. This program will explore Russian visual storytelling using icons and folk art from the collection.

Sit by the Samovar:
An Illustrated History of Russian Tea

Did you know that tea is the most widely consumed drink in Russia? Not only does it warm the soul on a cold winter’s night, but it plays an important cultural role. By examining artwork, literature, and the Museum’s collection of samovars, we can begin to trace the history of this iconic drink and understand its vital role in Russian society.

Toys, Trinkets, and Treasures:
The Story of the Nesting Doll

An iconic shape, vivid colors, and a whimsical face—for over a century, the matryoshka doll has captured the interest and delight of adults and children alike. They are recognized worldwide as the quintessential Russian souvenir and provide a fascinating glimpse into the many facets of Russian culture. From the doll’s humble beginnings as a children’s toy to a collectible work of art, this program explores the doll’s evolution, emphasizing the folktale and storytelling dolls.

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