Kids As Curators
Hagen Family Gallery
January 25 – March 23, 2014

A public opening with will be held on Gallery Night, Friday, March 7 from 7 to 10 p.m.

Now in its 10th year, Kids As Curators continues to inspire and delight. The Museum partners with three middle school groups each year and gives them the opportunity to curate and design an exhibit using their own collections. In the fall, students and teachers explore the Museum on a thought-provoking tour and discover ways different exhibits are constructed. They then assemble their collections and design their exhibits—often including interactive elements—that are first installed at their schools, and then at the Museum.

This year the program included three artists in residence, one for each of the partnering schools. At St. George Catholic School, painter Tom Ferraro worked with 5th and 6th graders around the theme of angles in both mathematics and language arts. At West End Elementary in Meadville, 6th grade students worked with Kathy Umlauf, a ceramic artist, focusing on their rural lifestyle and animals. Emerson Gridley 6th graders worked with fiber artist Deb Sementelli, to create enormous weavings using household objects.

Kids as Curators is praised by participating teachers, who witness real hands-on learning, by administrators who believe in the importance of engaging schools in their community, by local artists, who say the exhibit inspires them to think differently about art, and by the students themselves. One student wrote, “Hopefully this program can expand from the Erie School District to all over America so every kid can get an opportunity to enjoy this learning opportunity.”

Kids As Curators is made possible by support from: