The Hermitage Museum and Gardens’ education and public programming efforts are motivated by the museum’s founder, Florence Sloane, and her pursuit of realizing the Hermitage as a multi-faceted arts and education center made available and appealing to a diverse audience. All Hermitage programming reflects the museum’s vision of providing out of the ordinary art and cultural experiences. Programming refers to the Sloane family legacy and collection while seeking new ways to inspire and educate the community about the many ways art, nature, and the Hermitage Museum’s unique history may relate to their lives. Hermitage programming often uses elements of the permanent collection or special exhibitions as a starting point to connect to visitors while using interpretive methods that are accessible to a wide variety of audiences. The department incorporates learning theory and educational research to create formal and informal learning opportunities that stimulate interest, inspire creativity, and make the Hermitage meaningful to the community.