Special Programs

The American Museum of Western Art hosts Special Programs throughout the year designed to educate and entertain our guests. Please view our current selection of Special Programs below.

Puzzlin’ Art SPARK! Alzheimer’s Association Program

July 20th, 2017

In partnership with the Alzheimer’s Association Colorado Chapter, the American Museum of Western Art offers through the SPARK program an opportunity for individuals with mild memory loss and their care partners to enjoy art and artifacts in a guided, comfortable setting that is both welcoming and stimulating.


Colorado Day – FREE Self Guided Tours All Day

August 1st, 2017

AMWA will offer free self-guided tours all day in celebration of Colorado Day on Tuesday, August 1st. Whether artists were born here, worked here, or simply passed through, it is easy to see why Colorado’s Rocky Mountains, soaring blue skies, and sun-drenched plains made a lasting impact on their work. Self-guided tours are free of charge and include audio guides. Advance reservations are recommended due to limited capacity.


First Friday FREE

August 4th, 2017

The Museum is now open on Fridays! The first Friday of each month this summer we are offering all-day self-guided tours FREE of charge! Come on down to the Museum to explore fine art and Western history anytime between 10:00am and 4:30pm.


Artful Insight - 
George Catlin

August 7th, 2017

George Catlin was the first of many painters to choose the West as his main source of subject matter. Beginning in the 1830s, he took many trips up the Missouri River to the Dakotas, observing first-hand the buffalo hunts, ceremonies, and rituals of the Mandan. During this Artful Insight we will discuss three paintings by Catlin which are in the Collection. Each one depicts an aspect of the Mandan’s social and cultural history, and serves as an extraordinary record of a tribe that was nearly decimated by Small Pox soon after they were painted.


Special Program with Music Historian Mark Lee Gardner

August 16th, 2017

Music historian Mark Lee Gardner will bring the art of the cowboy and outlaw era to life with stories, songs, period instruments, and a wealth of knowledge. Transport yourself to the Old West with an afternoon of music and conversation.


Artful Insight - 
Helen Frankenthaler

August 21st, 2017

Join us for a special conversation on Helen Frankenthaler’s Phoenix, 1976, and the advent of Abstract Expressionism in the West. Frankenthaler pioneered her trademark staining technique, by which paintings like the one at the American Museum of Western Art were created by pouring thin layers of paint onto unprimed canvas.


Writing the West 

September 13th, 2017

AMWA partners with the Lighthouse Writers Workshop in offering monthly writing sessions in the museum galleries!

At Writing the West we write within the gallery space of the American Museum of Western Art. We respond to fun and interesting writing prompts and then read aloud what we wrote next to the paintings that inspired us. AMWA educators give brief “behind the scenes narratives” of chosen paintings and encourage questions.


Artful Insight -
Thomas Moran

September 18th, 2017

Join us for an Artful Insight featuring the life and works of Hudson River School artist, Thomas Moran. Find out why paintings like this one encouraged later generations of artists to travel west, and even persuaded Congress to annex the Yellowstone region as the first national park.


AMWA Closed

September 29th, 2017

We will be closed on September 29 for a Teacher Development Workshop.


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