When I was a child, I loved to draw. Wherever I went, I had a pad and pencil. To this day, I take to paper to relieve stress, clear my mind, and find balance.
Throughout my life, my love of art was fostered. My mother brought me to art museums and praised my interest and efforts. A particularly encouraging teacher convinced me that my gift was special, and — very likely without realizing it — set me on a course that would shape my life.
I did not become an artist. My career path took a sharp turn toward business when I was a young adult. But without the early lessons learned indulging my love of art, I would not be the person I am today.
Every year, The Hyde Collection serves nearly 5,000 youth, the majority of whom attend our free programs. I find great pride in the fact that we are able to provide so many children with opportunities that might shape their lives.
In addition to free children’s programs, the Museum also offers ways to simply visit The Hyde free of charge, including free admission for seniors weekly; a free Second Sunday event held monthly; a Community Day event each summer; and Pay as you Wish, a December program in which guests attend free of charge, then offer feedback on the Museum experience and make a donation. More than 10,000 people visit The Hyde without paying admission every year.
Having meaningful experiences with quality art isn’t a privilege for the few; it is a right for everyone. At The Hyde, we are proud to expand the reach of our collection beyond our members and tourists. We actively work to bring the gift of art to all socioeconomic groups. As founder Charlotte Hyde so desired, we provide engaging opportunities for people of all ages, from all economic backgrounds, and from areas in which art experiences might not otherwise be available.
We thank you for helping us brighten the lives of our entire community, and providing the opportunity for every child to have a future enriched by the beauty of art.
Interim Director of The Hyde Collection