Displays of children’s artistic expression are often limited to the family refrigerator. Any child, upon seeing his or her creative endeavors hanging in a real art gallery gets a memorable and validating experience. It doesn’t happen every day, except for the artists whose work appears in the Museum’s Good Show! Gallery.
Filling the Good Show! Gallery with children’s thoughtful work offers many unique opportunities for local students, their families, and for Museum staff in investigating the impact of creating art on critical thinking and creative development. Targeting title one schools, the Museum’s Arts Specialist, works closely with school administrators and teachers to develop art projects that support art, math, science, and literacy curriculum.
Universally beloved, butterflies symbolize a wide variety of beautiful ideas for individuals across cultures.
Artist-in-Residence, Norma Rios-Sierra, makes art that builds community and utilizes the symbolism inherent in monarch butterflies to create works that welcome all people. The monarch’s migration and transformation make it a universal symbol of hope, joy, and change.
Third- and fourth-graders at Steeple Run Elementary created art inspired by Norma’s Butterfly Mosaics. The young artists experimented with multiple techniques to create welcoming art that communicates inclusivity through color, texture, and other symbols. The joy and wonder of their work remind us that our communities are stronger when we come together to make everyone welcome.