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Children’s Discovery Museum explores the ‘Art Around You’

Written by on November 8, 2019

NORMAL – The Children’s Discovery Museum is hosting its third annual Art Around You interactive art program from 1 to 4 p.m. on Saturday.

In collaboration with University Galleries of Illinois State University, participants will be taken on a guided tour to discover the style and media used to create works of art.

The event includes a scavenger hunt and an opportunity for children to not only discover new styles and forms of art, but also create some of their own.

Children ages 7 to 10 are encouraged to participate in this program.

Education Manager Rachel Carpenter believes it is important for children to understand the educational role that art can play.  

“I really feel that sometimes children really struggle with understanding that modern art or art in general is not just dead white people,” Carpenter said.

“We want students to be able to see art made by living people, or by people who may or may not look like them. I want them to see different perspectives. This gallery really brings a diverse type of exhibition.”  

Another important aspect of this event is that it is free. Carpenter believes that this is a great way to break down the financial barrier that might restrict some children from being able to participate.

The Mirza Arts and Culture grant from the Illinois Prairie Community Foundation, Inc. makes this program free. But pre-registration is required.  .