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 we live in.
Young artists at Steeple Run Elementary (in Naperville) were asked to close their eyes and imagine their favorite place, close to home, and create a map that tells the story of that place.
Through artistic expression, these 4th grade students revealed their unique perspective of the places and things they hold dear. Inspired by abstract map making, and using a variety of materials, the young artists created beautiful representations that guide us through their worlds.
This program is partially supported by a grant from the Illinois Arts Council Agency.
This program is partially supported by the City of Naperville’s Special Events Cultural Amenities Fund.