Museums and Communities News
May 2013 
With teaching artists Michael Lapinski (in tie) and Laura Wallace (second from right) and Oasis Center program coordinator Vanessa Lazón (far right), teens participating in Stop. Take Notice! exhibition project proudly display T-shirts presented by the Frist Center for Visual Arts to commemorate their work at the exhibition's opening.

Whether it's art therapy for Alzheimer's patients or veterans; specially tailored educational program for home schoolers; work with juveniles under court jurisdiction; or innovative public art that brings the art outside museum walls, art museums everywhere are hard at work sharing their collections with their publics and engaging with their communities in new and diverse ways. 


Following is our monthly roundup of news stories demonstrating the myriad ways different community and outreach programs at AAMD member museums.

Stop! Take Notice! at the Frist Center for Visual Arts   

Friday, April 26, the Frist Center for the Visual Arts opened an interactive exhibition inspired by the work of Nashville area teens who participated in Stop. Take Notice!, a community art project launched by Frist Center educators in September 2012. More than 70 teen participants and their families enjoyed remarks by teaching artists Chris Cheney, Michael Lapinski, and Laura Wallace to celebrate the opening in the Frist Center's Conte Community art gallery. The exhibition recreates the teens' collaborative artistic process, and uses photographs to document the project. Each of the four art works was designed to be manipulated by viewers, inspiring them to connect with the art and respond to the topics being addressed by the project: violence, the impact of positive and negative life choices and internal emotional struggles connected to being human.



Cleveland Museum of Art Trains Future Doctors through Art  

From The Cleveland Museum of Art has partnered Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine to hone the diagnostic skills of medical students. The Art to Go program brings museum educators and art objects directly to schools - from elementary schools through post-graduate - to foster observational skills. Students are allowed to handle the objects (with gloves, of course!) while they work to deduce their origin and intended use. Objects range from 1,000 year old bronze mirrors from Greece to an amputation saw from 17th century Europe.  



Flint Arts on the Road Exhibition at the U.S. Department of Education  

The U.S. Department of Education (DOE) is currently hosting an exhibition of artwork, Flint Arts on the Road, created by students in the Flint Institute of Arts pre-college portfolio development program.  For the exhibition opening on April 22, FIA and the institutions of the Flint Cultural Center brought 26 visual and performing arts students to Washington DC to attend and perform.  Approximately 160 guests attended the opening and reception, including Congressman Dan Kildee of Michigan's Fifth District. More information on Flint Arts on the Road is available on AAMD's website


Pop-Up Park Buffalo participants use recycled and donated materials to create their own playground at the Burchfield Penney Art Center.

Burchfield Penney Art Center Hosts Pop-Up Park   

In April, the Burchfield Penney Art Center in Buffalo, New York hosted four architects and 45 kids from across Western New York to construct, enjoy and then deconstruct a playground made of reused and donated materials. Volunteers from Buffalo State, Niagara University, and AmeriCorps also took part in the Pop-Up Park Buffalo, allowing participants to experiment with the reused materials to create the playground.  Pop-Up Park Buffalo was part of Cycles at the Center, a four-day series of art happenings dedicated to change, vision and motion that was held April 11 - 14, 2013.    



Minds on Art at the Detroit Institute of Arts  

The Macomb Daily profiles a couple struggling with dementia who participate in the Minds on Art dementia program at the Detroit Institute of Arts. 

The ongoing program, which is offered in partnership with the Alzheimer's Association Greater Michigan Chapter, includes both gallery visits and art-making for dementia patients and their caregivers. The program is designed to help participants socialize, provide stimuli, and relieve anxiety.


Seattle Art Museum Partners with Early Masters 

The Seattle Art Museum's partnership with art education program Early Masters was featured on Evening Magazine, a Seattle news and entertainment show. Early Masters creates art projects for participating students with SAM exhibitions; Evening Magazine featured student work based on the exhibition Rembrandt, Van Dyck, Gainsborough: Treasures from Kenwood House, London. Student work from the program was also exhibited at SAM. The Evening Magazine piece is available here