Click above to buy a $30 family membership to the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia ($65 value). Buy here for a $20 individual membership ($50 value).
Because art is a difficult thing to price, art farmers bring freshly harvested art to museums rather than grove-side stands. Today's Groupon corrals visually edible art exhibitions all in one convenient location. For $30, you get a year-long standard household membership to the Contemporary Art Center of Virginia on Parks Avenue—a $65 value that covers benefits for two adults and dependents under 18 years old. Or, for $20 you can get an individual yearlong membership with full benefits for one, a $50 value. Members will get unlimited admission to a wealth of rotating displays, such as the popular Where the Wild Things Are exhibit, in addition to members-only-event invites, shop discounts, studio school discounts, and much more. Current members can use today's Groupon to extend the length of their membership another year.
The CAC is a non-profit art institute where creative acts of painting, photography, sculpture, and more assemble for the contemplation of its patrons. Unlimited perusal for a host of special exhibitions exposes the public to a stylistic hybridization of glass, metal, and dark folklore in Jenn Figg's immersive Forest Thrall world, and fans of award-winning author and illustrator Maurice Sendak can explore his own original artwork and delve into the personal notes and musings that inspired such modern classics as Where the Wild Things Are, In the Night Kitchen, and others. The interactive Sendak exhibit offers poignant info for adults and activities for kids, including costumes for dress-up and a playground slide into a bowl filled with rubber chickens and other ingredients from Sendak's book Chicken Soup with Rice. Members are also welcome to attend discounted members-only events and receive early-registration privileges, as well as $15 off educational and imaginative studio classes and workshops that can transform any art connoisseur into a budding art-maker.
Membership to the CAC provides wondrous sanctuary for anyone looking to explore and transcend the boundaries of modern art and its powerful ability to communicate distinct and resonant narratives on the human experience. Members also enjoy a subscription to CAC's quarterly art letter and the benefit of 10% off items (excluding consignments) in the museum shop, where winsome gift ideas present themselves for all occasions.
- ...while their offspring are playing at make-believe, moms and dads are finding out that this is one kids' show that's just as much fun for parents. – Mark St. John Erickson, Daily Press
- I’m sure I’ll be taking Lily back to the Wild Things exhibit again soon...It was refreshing to take her to a gallery I myself wanted to see without worrying that she might destroy something. Every parent knows that there’s a definite difference between a children’s event and a child-friendly event, and I commend the CAC for hosting one of the latter. Adults can read placards and peruse the cases of Sendak’s handwritten manuscripts, pages of notes, and original pen and ink sketches at ease while the children incite a rumpus. – Sarah-Gabrielle Serrano, AltDaily