Art Sparks

Art Sparks is opens to the public as of December 3, 2021

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Redesigned in 2016 as part of the Speed Art Museum’s expansive renovation, Art Sparks is our interactive, hands-on learning gallery for all ages. Fifteen exhibits encourage adults and children alike to connect with art and each other. Visitors of all ages will see art in a whole new way after exploring Art Sparks’ dynamic activities. Art Sparks is open the same hours as the Museum and is included in admission.




The Speed Art Museum partnered with the Exploratorium to develop the re-imagined Art Sparks, which is divided into sections focusing on different art appreciation skills.

In the Noticing section, visitors are introduced to different ways of seeing the world around them and encouraged to reflect on how we perceive art. The exhibits in this section focus on light, color, pattern, and composition activities.

In the Talking section, visitors are encouraged to share their perspectives about art in the Speed’s collection through a variety of games, making it less intimidating to share thoughts and interpretations of artworks. The exhibits in this section help visitors develop the vocabulary to discuss art and become more familiar with the Museum’s collection.

In the Making section, visitors can exercise their creativity with art making activities that rotate on a regular basis. Inspired by the Speed’s collection and special exhibitions, activities encourage visitors to find inspiration in the art on view and explore more deeply the process through which it was made.



Art Sparks also includes Planet Preschool, a space designed especially for visitors aged two to five and their care providers. Different areas in the space encourage children and families to discover, explore, imagine, and create together as they learn about art. Visit the Early Childhood Programs page for more information about programs for this age group.


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For information about group visits and tours, please visit our Tours page.

Support for Art Sparks provided by the Hearst Foundations and PNC.