Kids’ Corner gets a new look in 2016

December 4, 2015

We are excited to announce our plans to renovate Kids’ Corner in 2016!

As a part of the Museum’s 2015-16 Key Initiatives plan, the Education Department is using funds from the Pollyanna Foundation to renovate and upgrade Kids’ Corner—the family-friendly education space located on the Museum’s lower level. This week we closed Kids’ Corner to begin some minor construction in the space.

Over the spring and summer of 2015, we developed an interpretive plan for redesigning the interactive experiences in Kids’ Corner. The new vision aims to bridge art appreciation and art creation through new interpretive experiences focused on storytelling, play, and creative engagement. Our goals for this project include:

HighRes_GloryofStories_Apr2015_byAlessandraNIcole-28• Creating an authentic and engaging visitor experience
• Developing a space that holds art-making at its core
• Encouraging play and experimentation
• Supporting the varying needs of a diverse audience
• Be welcoming for families and visitors of all ages
• Supporting flexible programming and staffing

The plan outlines a phased approach that will allow us to develop new elements and programs commensurate with our available resources. It also allows us to invest in a design process that can be assessed along the way as audiences respond to the new changes.

 

During this first phase, we are focused on supporting and strengthening connections to the Museum’s collection by designing new experiences for our youngest audiences. Some of these exhibits will become mobile, allowing us to welcome families and integrate art education throughout the Museum spaces.

Because we want to keep Kids’ Corner open and available to families as we redo the space, we will be unveiling new features over the next several months. Come back with your family for new creative experiences and please share your feedback along the way! And check out the Blog for more updates.

Saralyn Rosenfield
Interim Director of Education



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