Monday, August 20, 2018
Spotlight: Arts at the Museum
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"I've spent many lovely afternoons with my grandchildren and their friends looking at the art and talking about it" ~Former Poet Laureate of New Hampshire

"I like the walls of the ramp-way on which the art is displayed. I like climbing up to see everything, then looking down to take in the busy life of the Children's Museum before walking down the ramp to review the art objects, paintings or photographs a second time. The building's architecture lends itself to cheerful, careful viewing." ~Visitor

The Project:

Students at Lyndeborough Central School worked with artist and sculptor Nate Walker to create art for the walls of the school’s new kindergarten wing. Walker set up workshop as the first Artist in Residence in the basement of the Children’s Museum of New Hampshire in Dover.

Nate Walker facilitated family workshops during the Second Saturday Series, which provided exhibiting artists a chance to share their disciplines, techniques, and insights into how artwork is created.

Students had a chance to understand this process first-hand by creating art sculptures from found and recycled objects to hang on the walls of their new addition. Using piles of cork and rocks, straws, shells, bottle caps, and other objects, students worked from a template to create sculptures that celebrated each grade in the school.

“It’s their show. I’m just there to help them whatever way I can.” And sometimes that means showing kids, by example, that “being an artist is a valid career choice. You don’t have to be a doctor or a lawyer or an accountant.”

The Children’s Museum of New Hampshire happens to be the most frequently visited educational and cultural institution in the state. They won Reader’s Choice in three categories by New Hampshire Parenting Magazine, including Best Family Outing in the state.

This project was one of many made possible by a $21,528 Operating Grant from the New Hampshire State Council on the Arts. 


Nate and kids posing by his Big Blue Crab in front of the Children's Museum

Attendees at a gallery 6 art reception

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