Boca’s museums have officially gone virtual! Since families will be spending the foreseeable future at home, our local institutions are working to ensure that culture and art education don’t go completely out the window. The Boca Raton Museum of Art, starting today, is offering a new series of free online programs including Keep Kids Smart with ART.
It was specifically designed for parents at home with their kids and for family members of all ages (including seniors who might be feeling a bit isolated at the moment). The Museum’s art educators are using their expertise to offer online art lessons, tips for parents to use art-making and creativity with their kids (at home) and activities for all ages. The timing couldn’t be better, because we’ve suddenly found ourselves with a little extra free time!
If you haven’t had the opportunity to experience the Boca Museum Art School in person, at least you’ll be able to take advantage of learning from their innovative faculty online until the coronavirus pandemic has passed. (Put that sentence on a list of things I thought I’d never ever write.)
Did you know that according to the National School Boards Association, kids who study art are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement? Studies show that art helps kids earn higher report card grades because skills developed through art lead to better learning in other areas.
As a parent, I am all for this and I’m glad they are keeping it simple. I have seen countless lists of online educational resources available to parents during this challenging time, and it has started to become overwhelming. As a Boca resident, I prefer to focus my efforts locally, so thank you to the Boca Raton Museum of Art!
“While the Museum is temporarily closed, we will continue to give back to the community. Being inspired and creative have not been canceled,” said Irvin Lippman, the executive director of the Boca Raton Museum of Art. I couldn’t agree more—in fact, I think this time has challenged families to be EXTRA creative about how they continue to educate and culture their kids at home.
Tips for Parents & Students on Using Art in Your Home:
- Provide a special “creative zone” at home.
- Make sure that your “creative zone” is mess-friendly and able to stand up well to spills and art-related fun.
- Focus on the fun process, not on the outcome.
- Create a special area to showcase your child’s artwork.
- Watch and encourage your children as they work on their art.
- Ask them questions to engage them while they create.
For more information, visit https://www.bocamuseum.org/covid-19-status-update