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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.
Children have an exceptional way of making sense of the complex world in which we live.
In this exhibition you can see the joy the young artists found in the process of creating; playing with shape, color, and contour, they guide us through their worlds.
Students in grades 4 and 5 at Ellsworth Elementary School in Naperville created Map Art that details and investigates their unique place in this world: physical spaces, journeys, interests, and even their imaginations.
Using a multimedia approach, these artful explorations help to broaden the students’ ideas and perceptions of where they have been, where they are now, and where they are going.
“Making maps is a joy, both because maps are beautiful to look at and because they lead us through our histories and dreams in a way that no other art form really can.”
Jill K. Berry & Linden McNeilly,
Authors of Map Art Lab
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.