Museums and Libraries are Offering Free Downloadable Coloring Pages
Museums and libraries across the South and worldwide are helping people in desperate need of entertainment. Thanks to the New York Academy of Medicine’s Color Our Collections initiative, over 100 museums and libraries are offering coloring pages to download for free.
The Color Our Collections initiative actually started back in 2016, but as people find themselves staying home to stay safe during the coronavirus pandemic, the project is becoming a lifeline for bored adults and children alike.
To create the online collection of printable coloring pages, each winter, the NYAM hosts a week-long online festival where museums, libraries, and other institutions provide black-and-white downloadable PDFs for coloring and education. Some participants include the Art Museums of Colonial Williamsburg, Auburn University Special Collections and Archives, South Carolina Historical Society, Tennessee State Museum, Loyola University New Orleans, the North Carolina Pottery Center, the Library of Virginia, and the Botanical Research Institute of Texas.
There’s also contributions from the Harley-Davidson Archives, a series of 1920s advertisements for soda, butter and shoes from the West Virginia and Regional History Center, and the Duke University Medical Center Archives.
It’s not just museums in the South, either. There are coloring pages to fill from Folger Shakespeare Library, Royal Horticultural Society Libraries, The Canadian Canoe Museum, the Kansai University Open Research Center for Asian Studies in Japan, the Bibliothèque nationale de France, Oxford’s Bodleian Libraries, and The Newberry Library, including an illustration from Lewis Carroll’s Alice’s Adventures in Wonderland.