Immerse yourself in the arts and culture of Paris during the “Golden Age” of the Belle Époque (1870-1914). Tour key landmarks of the period, from the Eiffel Tower to the Moulin Rouge, and explore the birth of artistic movements including Impressionism and Art Nouveau.
Visit the world-renowned Art Institute of Chicago and explore highlights encompassing painting, textile, sculpture, stained glass, wood, and pottery. Uncover the hidden stories and inspiration behind classic American works from artists such as Edward Hopper, Grant Wood, & Georgia O’Keeffe.
Explore works by Andy Warhol, Pablo Picasso, Claude Monet, & more. What inspired Vincent Van Gogh to paint The Starry Night? Which sculpture fascinated Albert Einstein when he visited the MoMA in the 1930s? We will delve into these stories and others, as we tour one of New York’s beloved museums and consider its most iconic artworks.
Discover highlights from the vast collections at The Metropolitan Museum of Art in New York. Featured artworks span across cultures and centuries, ranging from Ghanaian textiles and French painting to Japanese pottery. Encounter new artworks and revisit familiar favorites from artists including Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Michelangelo, & Jackson Pollock.
smARTee is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that offers live art museum tours to expand arts access and deliver virtual enrichment programs. Tours are open to all, but cater especially to seniors seeking social connectedness and learning opportunities. To date, smARTee tours have welcomed 4,000+ participants from 21 countries.
In 2021, Julie Averbach (see biography below) conducted a study through the Yale School of Public Health that found empirical support for the beneficial mental health impact of smARTee tours. Findings were reported in the peer-reviewed journal The Gerontologist and by the Yale School of Public Health.
SmARTee received the 2023 Innovation Award for Excellence in Cultural Access from the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and New Jersey Theatre Alliance.
Julie Averbach recently graduated from Yale University with a double major in History of Art and Psychology. Her interests encompass areas as diverse as Indian graphic novels, activist poster art, and decorative arts of the Belle Époque. In July 2020, Julie launched smARTee to promote arts access and emotional well-being amid the Covid-19 pandemic. Currently, she serves as a Cohen Public Service Fellow at Yale, where she is expanding smARTee's global impact through ongoing research and content development, outreach, and program delivery.
"Thank you for a magical hour at MoMA. Your spectacular, informative, colourful tour filled me with joy. We, in Montreal, are again in lockdown. Your wonderful presentation started my day on a sunny path."
- Trudy from Montreal, CA
"As an artist myself I was able to appreciate such a thorough analysis of the chosen artists and their works enhancing the experience. It was truly immersive and insightful."
- Nandhini from London, ENG
"My husband and I just finished your tour. He's very critical in general, [but] was most impressed and intrigued by the ways you showed earlier works of the artists and other details we don't usually get to see in a live tour."
- Sara from New Jersey, USA
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