Posts Tagged 'badges'

Calling All Gumshoes!

Kids need to use problem solving skills on a daily basis, both at home and in the classroom. What better way to harness these skills than with some sleuthing in the Dallas Museum of Art galleries? Creative problem solving can be fun for both you and your child. Just think of what you can discover alongside your junior detective!

Develop into a problem-solving duo with the Modern Mysteries family guide, available in the Center for Creative Connections. Your little gumshoe will discover works of art in the galleries using careful observation, problem solving, and analysis of their findings–the same tools and techniques that real detectives use!

For example, the elements of design are the building blocks used to create a work of art. Some of the elements are LINE, COLOR, and SHAPE. Let’s investigate these elements at work in The Divers by Fernand Leger.

  • Find a squiggly, curvy, straight, rigid, and wavy LINE.
  • How many COLORS are in this painting?
  • What SHAPES can you identify?
  • Now that you’ve discovered these details, what do you think is happening in this painting?



There are many other mysteries to uncover in the European galleries with the Modern Mysteries family guide. And families who are part of DMA Friends can earn their Junior Detective Badge once their sleuthing is complete. So throw on your detective cap and polish your magnifying glass to embark on an art adventure here at the Dallas Museum of Art!


Emily Wiskera
Graduate Education Intern

Cindy Sherman Doppelgängers

DMA staff members found their inner Cindy Sherman earlier this month when we re-created our popular April Late Night Art Byte: Cindy Sherman Photo Booth. Create your own Cindy Sherman doppelgänger before the exhibition closes on June 9 to receive the limited edition DMA Friends Super Fan: Cindy Sherman Badge! Find out how to earn this badge and bonus points here.

Adam Gingrich is the Marketing Administrative Assistant and Kimberly Daniell is the Public Relations Manager at the DMA.

What’s in a Badge?

One of the many ways to earn points in the DMA Friends program is by completing badges. Badges can also give you ideas on how to use the DMA in ways you might not have thought of. You not only earn points with the activities needed to achieve a badge—like checking into the Africa, Asia, and Pacific galleries to earn the Globe Trekker Badge—you also get bonus points for completing all of the badge steps!

Some badges are only offered for a limited time, so make sure you don’t miss an exclusive badge opportunity. In fact, we are announcing a new badge, Super Fan: Cindy Sherman, today on Uncrated! Check out the two steps required to earn the badge below, and start channeling your inner Cindy Sherman:
Super Fan: Cindy Sherman
Visit the Cindy Sherman exhibition and be inspired by the artist’s work. Transform yourself into another character through costume, makeup, and environment, and then photograph yourself. Be one of the first ten DMA Friends to share your Cindy Sherman-inspired photo via Twitter with the hashtag #DMASuperFan to receive the Super Fan: Cindy Sherman Badge.

Artist Cindy Sherman transforms herself through hair, makeup, and costume for her photographic work. Visit the DMA’s exhibition Cindy Sherman, on view March 17-June 9, 2013.

Badges enable you to earn extra points, and they’re fun to collect. You can review your badges at the DMA Friends kiosk or from your computer at home, and they enable you to earn extra points. Before you know it, you will be packing your bag to spend the night at the DMA when you redeem your points for the Overnight at the DMA reward. If you have questions about DMA Friends, including how to earn badges, e-mail

Kimberly Daniell is the Public Relations Manager at the Dallas Museum of Art.

Thank You for Being a Friend!

It’s official–the DMA is now offering free general admission for all Museum visitors.  Our doors opened at 11:00 a.m. yesterday morning and over 2,000 visitors of all ages helped us celebrate the return of free general admission.

A family takes our quiz to discover who their artist "twin" is

A family takes our quiz to discover who their artist “twin” is

For the first time, we are also offering a free membership program called DMA  Friends.  Anyone over the age of 13 can join the DMA Friends program at no charge.  Visitor participation and recognition are the central tenets of DMA Friends.  As visitors engage with and contribute to our Museum community, they will earn credit as part of a personal rewards system.  By visiting the Museum, participating in a teacher workshop, viewing an exhibition, or attending a lecture, you will earn points and badges that can be redeemed for rewards.  Rewards range from free tickets to DMA special exhibitions to access to exclusive experiences at the Museum.

A visitor enrolls in the DMA Friends program

A visitor enrolls in the DMA Friends program

Through DMA Friends, our staff can gain insights into the different ways our visitors are engaging with the Museum.  We can refine and adjust our programming in response to the feedback visitors give us–we’re positioning our visitors at the center of the Museum’s activities.

Docent Susan Bondy leads the Grand Tour in our European galleries

Docent Susan Bondy leads the Grand Tour in our European galleries

I’m really excited to be a part of the DMA community as we make this transition into the next phase of our history.  By offering free general admission, we’re demonstrating that we really are everyone’s Museum.  At the end of tours, we always invite students to come back to the Museum so they can keep exploring.  By offering free general admission, we’re making it much easier to accept that invitation!

Shannon Karol
Manager of Docent and Teacher Programs


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