Our mission is “to expand and enrich the life of the community through participation in the arts.” Our definition of community includes many different people from many different backgrounds. In supporting Black Lives Matter, Arts & Education at the Hoyt is acknowledging that there are systems of power that grant privilege and access unequally, resulting in inequity and injustice towards people of color. To those hurt and/or enraged by the death of George Floyd and countless others, we respond, “We hear you.” In fact, so clearly that we are holding ourselves accountable for change until all people – regardless of race, age, gender, religion, identity, sexual orientation, income or experience – feel as if they belong here, too. As far as we are concerned, you do. Here’s how you can get engaged:
Mystery & Benevolence: Masonic and Odd Fellows Folk Art
November 8 – January 26, In the Hoyt Galleries
Mystical, evocative, and sometimes simply strange, the art of fraternal practice is rich in symbols that are oddly familiar yet strikingly uncommon. Through arcane and alluring artifacts, Mystery and Benevolence brings to light the histories of the Freemasons and the Independent Order of the Odd Fellows, two fraternal secret societies with deep roots in American history. The over eighty carvings, textiles, sculptures, and adornments that constitute this exhibition were used from the late eighteenth through mid-twentieth centuries, and retain their clandestine allure to this day.
After School Arts
Weekly Sessions through November 17
Our free after school program is open to Lawrence County students in grades 1-6. Register for just one week, or all semester!
Creative Play is designed to provide our youngest innovators, ages 3-7, the opportunity to draw, paint, design, build, invent and engineer the world they imagine. Classes are free and meet quarterly on Saturday mornings.
Scary Tales Tours
A first of its kind tour through the Alex Crawford Hoyt Mansion! Each room holds the remnants of Lawrence County’s scariest tales from the infamous Torso Murders to the legend of Mary Black. Bring your courage. We’ll have the flashlights! Space is limited. Registration required.
Holiday Open House
Save the Date! November 20, 11 am – 3 pm
Tour the Hoyt Mansions decked out for the holidays! Visit with Santa, shop the Gift Shop, make holiday crafts and meet our instructors!
Arts & Education at the Hoyt receives state arts funding support through a grant from the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency funded by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.