Beautiful Noise

“What do you want to do in the field?” Graduate students get asked that question A LOT. We get asked it so much that I have practically memorized all of my colleagues hopes and dreams for their future careers. A certain classmate of mine wants to make museums LOUD; she wants museums to be places where people come together to make noise, learn together, and share in common experiences. Today, during the Fenimore Art Museum‘s Family Fun Day, over one hundred visitors to the museum got to do just that! Families enjoyed an afternoon of games, hands-on art activities, and treasure hunts in the museum galleries. Check it out:

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Families crusaded through the museum on treasure hunts for paintings and took some time to listen to stories in the education center.

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The Catskill Puppet Theater presented an enchanting play based on the life of the great Iroquois hero, Hiawatha.

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Children tried out a plethora of Native American and Folk Art inspired crafts such as making a “wampum” key chain and turning “trash to treasure”.

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Visitors spent time playing games such as “Where’s the Treasure” with Cooperstown Graduate Program student volunteers.

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The most amazing part of this program was being able to see parents and children connecting with the art – that’s why we’re here, isn’t it? Art museums have been stagnant for long enough. Instead of being afraid of new audiences such as families and children, how are you going to bring a little noise into your museum?

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About catebay

Informal educator working in the world of art. Interests in public programming and community advocacy. Loves learning about people, collecting blue mason jars, and consuming Swedish fish.
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