What’s in a name? For the former Danforth Museum and School, it’s inspiration. The new name of Danforth Art reflects an artistic marriage of the Framingham’s museum and school in order to inspire art lovers. One plan is to have students from the school check out an exhibit in the museum and then return to the classroom to put their thoughts and feelings into a painting, print, or collage.
A move to a new building is on the horizon for the almost 40-year-old institution that is working toward national recognition. Judging from its awards, the best is yet to come. Executive director Katherine French has won awards for curatorial excellence for exhibits that “explore historic and contemporary Boston Expressionism,’’ and she has been named “Best Curator of Locally Made Art’’ at the Boston Art Awards.