With so much to see and do at the Museum, there’s one special program that encourages children and families to return to the High every single month: smARTbox. Free for any child age two to twelve who visits the Museum, each smARTbox is filled with art supplies and an activity that encourages children to engage with art both in the Museum and at home. Every month, families can return to the Museum and receive a different activity and new art supplies to add to their smARTboxes.
Since the program launched in 2017, the High has distributed more than 25,000 smARTboxes, and hundreds of families return every month to receive their new art supplies! Children who had never visited the Museum before are now visiting regularly to explore exhibitions and participate in hands-on activities.
Peek inside a smARTbox
The Museum offers two versions of smARTbox to meet the developmental needs of children in different age groups. smARTboxes for ages two to five include crayons and a notepad, while those for ages six through twelve include a pencil, eraser, and notepad.
Bilingual activity cards link each set of materials to an artwork in the Museum. These cards, which are updated monthly, encourage children to learn about an art concept both in the Museum’s galleries and at home.
The High distributes additional art materials each month to introduce a key art concept, such as color, pattern, or shape. These materials spark creative conversations and help children develop fine motor skills.