The Kimbell Art Museum is offering tours in Spanish in honor of Hispanic Heritage Month for one more week.
The Kimbell launched the program in an attempt to get the Hispanic community more involved in the events and opportunities that the museum provides.
The tours last around 45 minutes and focus on popular Mesoamerican and Spanish pieces from the museum’s permanent collection. Based upon request, each docent can also tailor the tours to focus on any other artwork in the permanent collection.
The Hispanic Heritage Tours are a part of the museum’s education program, which aims to enrich the community through various programs and classes.
“The Kimbell has an outstanding, dedicated Education Department, with offerings for all ages,” said Museum Director Eric M. Lee. “I am delighted to report that since the opening of the Renzo Piano Pavilion and its state-of-the-art education facilities, attendance in Education Department programs has increased by 130 percent.”
The museum is using these tours during Hispanic Heritage Month as an opportunity to reach out to one of the largest demographics in Fort Worth and increase the popularity of educational programs.
Hispanics are one of the largest demographics in the Fort Worth area, yet The Kimbell is the only museum in the cultural district offering events specifically for Hispanic Heritage Month.
Volunteer docents have performed the tours each Sunday afternoon of Hispanic Heritage Month, which spans from Sept. 15 to Oct. 15. The tours are meant to be interactive so that docents and patrons discuss the cultural importance of the works together.
“The Kimbell wants to pay homage to all cultures, but we are uniquely poised in the cultural district to offer this opportunity to Spanish speaking patrons,” said Connie Hachette Barganier, the education manager at the Kimbell.
As the education manager, Hachette Barganier has used the Kimbell’s connections in the community to pair with Fort Worth Independent School District and promote the programs amongst Spanish speaking students.
In addition, the museum hopes to target family groups with a number of events that include both parents and children in the learning process.
“We are all proud of our heritage,” said Hachette Barganier. “We truly enjoy helping Hispanic families show their children the beautiful art that was developed in their native language.”