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Danforth’s new home is ready for art classes

The Danforth at Framingham State University is set to begin holding art classes on Tuesday, Jan. 22, in newly renovated space.

The university last fall took over operation of the financially struggling museum and art center through a merger agreement with Danforth Art, the nonprofit that previously ran it. Since then, Framingham State has been renovating the Jonathan Maynard Building on Framingham’s Centre Common, where the art center is located, with work now complete on the first and third floors.

Community classes for children, teens, and adults will be offered on the third floor, while Framingham State will begin offering some courses within its Art Department on the first floor.


Renovations continue on the second floor, which will house the museum. A grand reopening for the overall facility is scheduled for April.

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Following the terms of the agreement, the Massachusetts State College Building Authority purchased the Maynard Building for $2.1 million on the university’s behalf, and the museum’s 3,000-object permanent collection was transferred to the Framingham State University Foundation. The collection features American Art in various media forms from the early 19th century to the present.

With the change, the facility, previously known as Danforth Art Museum/School, has been renamed the Danforth at Framingham State University. This winter, in addition to the community classes that run through March 23, the center will offer full-day workshops for children in kindergarten through 12th grade during school vacation week in February.

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