ST. PAUL (April 18, 2013) — CuratorKids is a two-week long program employing art from the MMAA collection to inspire students’ creativity. Funded entirely through the MMAA and private and corporate grants, the initiative offers a deeper engagement than is possible on a typical single-day field trip.
To begin the program, MMAA’s education consultant Diana Johnson teamed up with teachers at JAJ to lead students in discussions and written interpretations of MMAA artwork, exploring the methods of VTS or Visual Thinking Strategies. In the second week, with the guidance of teaching artist Teresa Cox, students produced their own works of art in response to the original artwork from the MMAA collection. The program culminates with an exhibition, curated by the kids, of all the artwork, mounted at the MMAA Project Space in St. Paul in May.
“I have been very pleased with the rapport we have had with the kids,” reported museum educator Johnson. “The students have shown great enthusiasm for looking at and talking about the art. They seem excited about being part of an exhibition in a museum.”
CuratorKids presents “Surprise Me!” Exhibition Dates: May 11-19, 2013
Public Reception with the CuratorKids: Saturday, May 18, 11 a.m.–1 p.m.
MMAA Project Space 332 N. Robert Street, St. Paul 55101 Hours of Operation: Thurs.-Fri. 4-9 p.m.:, Sat.-Sun.: 12-5 p.m., Closed: Mon., Tues., Wed.
Johnson has a Master’s degree in American Art from Williams College, and has been working with art museums in creating educational materials for more than a decade.
Cox has a Bachelor’s degree in Studio Arts from University of Wisconsin-Stout. She has been exhibiting her art work since 1985 and has been teaching since 1994. She is also the recipient of a 2013 Minnesota State Arts Board Artist Initiative Grant.
The Minnesota Museum of American Art envisions CuratorKids as the cornerstone of its new K-12 programming, expanding to 2-3 St. Paul elementary schools per year. It responds to the shortage of art education in our public schools by offering a program that brings art and practicing artists directly to the kids in their own classrooms.
CuratorKids is made possible, in part, through the generous funding of 3M, the Mardag Foundation, Margaret H. and James E. Kelley Foundation, and Lillian Wright and C. Emil Berglund Foundation.