Kids as Curators demonstrates the power and allure of objects. This museum program capitalizes on kids’ love of stuff, and allows them to explore culture, art, and design by experiencing the exhibit process firsthand. Each year the Erie Art Museum partners with three local schools. An artist-in-residence is assigned to each partner school and they work closely with teachers and middle school aged students. The students amass a collection, curate that collection, and design and install their exhibit at their school, then the partner schools’ exhibits come to the Museum for the community to enjoy. The program starts in the summer with a teacher training, the artist and educators help the students envision and create their exhibits in the fall. Kids as Curators is open at the Museum from mid-January through mid-March.
Learn about the 2017 Kids as Curators exhibit here.
Each year the Erie Art Museum strives to partner with one suburban, one rural, and one inner-city school and work with students in 5th – 9th grades. Kids as Curators helps educators to institute creative, cross-disciplinary projects with their students, connecting real-life experiences to the formal curriculum. The Museum trains teachers how to apply the museum curatorial process—selecting, evaluating, interpreting, and presenting objects in exhibitions—to engage students in the concepts that underlie the curriculum. Kids as Curators is also a powerful experience in community collaboration and students and their teachers are celebrated with a reception at the March Gallery Night.
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