WINSTON-SALEM, N.C.—Reynolda House Museum of American Art will offer free admission to all pre-K through grade 12 teachers at public and private schools in North Carolina from Memorial Day through Labor Day 2023. This offer is made possible in part due to the generous support from The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem.
Teachers may receive one complimentary admission per visit to Reynolda House and may redeem in person upon arrival or register in advance online at reynolda.org/visit. Proper ID is required at check-in. For questions or assistance please contact [email protected] or call 888.663.1149.
“We are delighted that we are able to offer free admission as a thank you to teachers again this summer,” said Allison Perkins, executive director for Reynolda House and Wake Forest associate provost for Reynolda House and Reynolda Gardens. “Our commitment to education is central to our mission at Reynolda, and we’re pleased to extend our free admission program for teachers for the third summer in a row. We are very grateful to The Rotary Club of Winston-Salem for helping us make this possible. There will be several historic house exhibitions on display along with our main collection and our beautiful Gardens.”
Reynolda House’s educational programs include a strong focus on early childhood education, and the Museum produces numerous programs for pre-readers (under five) and their caregivers, as well as programs designed to promote intergenerational learning. The Museum’s early childhood programs are designed to promote reading and literacy readiness in young children. This initiative comes alongside similar programs to improve pre-K reading and language development outcomes.
In support of the Museum’s strategic directions, each exhibition season features a unique menu of carefully designed symposia, lectures, virtual tours, courses, and other educational opportunities for visitors of all ages, with numerous programs per year designed to promote learning. The Museum collaborates with local organizations to present nationally recognized historians, curators, and critics to a general audience, enriching the cultural life and civic consciousness of the region’s citizens. Reynolda House offers a rich selection of in-person programs, including Reynolda Read-Aloud, Family First workshops, Reynolda Community Day and Mornings at Reynolda. Additionally, teachers and families can find lesson and activity ideas on our website at reynolda.org/learn/k-12/ with Pop-Up Studios, Explore Reynolda activity cards and Discovery Lessons, as well as various Lesson Plans.
As part of this summer’s free admission offering at the Museum, teachers will have an opportunity to view three historic house exhibitions: Black Mountain College: Seedbed of American Art will be on display in the Northwest Bedroom Gallery until June 25, Coexistence: Nature vs. Nurture will be on display in the West Bedroom Gallery until September 24 and Still I Rise: The Black Experience at Reynolda will be on display in the East Bedroom Gallery until December 31.
Black Mountain College: Seedbed of American Art features selected works by former students and faculty of the short-lived experimental college from the collections of Reynolda and Wake Forest, including Josef and Anni Albers, Jacob Lawrence, Lyonel Feininger and Robert Rauschenberg.
Coexistence: Nature vs. Nurture brings together works from Reynolda, Wake Forest
University Print Collections and Special Collections and Archives at Z. Smith Reynolds Library to examine the theme of interaction. This exhibition navigates the negotiation of human interactions and how we interact with the reality around us, as the aftermath of the isolation of the COVID-19 pandemic drastically shifted our perceived reality and interactions with others and the world.
Through art, letters, photographs and audiovisual recordings, Still I Rise examines the lives of the Black women and men who helped shape Reynolda as it evolved from a Jim Crow era working estate into a museum for American art in a space designed for reflection and learning. Visit reynolda.org/learn/k-12/ for third grade, fourth grade and high school level lesson plans related to this exhibition.
Reynolda House, located at 2250 Reynolda Rd., is open to visitors Tuesday-Saturday from 9:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday from 1:30 to 4:30 p.m. Museum members, children 18 and under, students, military personnel, EBT cardholders, employees of Wake Forest University and Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center with valid ID receive free admission to the Museum. Passes to Reynolda House in English and Spanish are available to check out from every branch of the Forsyth County Public Library free of charge.
Reynolda is set on 170 acres in Winston-Salem, N.C. and comprises Reynolda House Museum of American Art, Reynolda Gardens and Reynolda Village Shops and Restaurants. The Museum presents a renowned art collection in a historic and incomparable setting: the original 1917 interiors of Katharine and R. J. Reynolds’s 34,000-square-foot home. Its collection is a chronology of American art and featured exhibitions are offered in the Museum’s Babcock Wing Gallery and historic house bedrooms. The Gardens serve as a 134-acre outdoor horticultural oasis open to the public year-round, complete with colorful formal gardens, nature trails and a greenhouse. In the Village, the estate’s historic buildings are now home to a vibrant mix of boutiques, restaurants, shops, and services. Plan your visit at reynolda.org and use the free mobile app Reynolda Revealed to self-tour the estate.