Our family was lucky enough to receive a Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh membership as a gift last fall. Since then, we’ve been popping into the Natural History Museum and the Science Center at least a few times per month. But The Andy Warhol Museum? The Andy Warhol Museum has been the black hole of our Carnegie Museums membership. Although my husband and I always talk about of having a romantic date night at The Warhol, it has been an elusive dream. We can’t find babysitters. Our kids get sick. Netflix becomes too tempting. For some reason, we have never even considered bringing our kids to the museum with us. Until now!
I recently learned that The Andy Warhol Museum has named 2015 as “The Year of the Family” with a specific goal of making the museum an increasingly family-friendly place to visit. Patrick Moore, deputy director of the Warhol says, “The Warhol knows that many young people are moving into Pittsburgh along with their children, creating a period of growth for the city. These young families might not think of The Warhol or other art museums as a comfortable environment to bring children. The Warhol thinks that these families represent a growth audience for the museum and we know from experience that children actually love Warhol’s work.”
As a part of the “Year of the Family” The Warhol is launching a new weekend program for young children and their caregivers called Half-Pint Prints. I recently had the chance to interview Nicole Dezelon, assistant curator of education at The Warhol about Half-Pint Prints and here’s what she had to say:
What is Half-Pint Prints?
The Andy Warhol Museum is introducing Half-Pint Prints, a monthly silkscreen printing activity for families with children ages 1-4 years old. This drop-in studio program happens on the first Saturday of each month from 10 a.m. to noon. It is free with admission and the first program will be held on March 7. During Half-Pint Prints, children will create silkscreen prints that often complement current exhibits at the museum. In the first session, kids will be creating alphabet prints in honor of the Someday is Now: The Art of Corita Kent special exhibit.
Who will be leading the program?
The programs are led by museum educators, who are working artists who bring their own practice, innovative ideas and experiences to the interpretation of Warhol’s art. Children will learn basic silkscreen printing techniques, using silkscreens prepared by museum educators.
Why did the Andy Warhol Museum decide to start this program?
The program is part of a larger museum initiative that focuses on the theme “Year of the Family” in 2015. In addition to these family-friendly art-making activities, the museum will be offering performances, programs and gallery installations for families throughout the year. 2015 will also be the first year we’re offering Summer Camps for children ages 8–13. We hope kids will explore the museum at these camps and then bring their families back! We will be adding programming throughout the year in our galleries and in our underground education space. Check our calendar often as we update it with additional events.
I was excited to learn that The Andy Warhol Museum is launching the Half-Pint Prints program and even more excited to learn that the Museum has affirmed a commitment to local families. We look forward to adding the museum to our repertoire of places to visit in the city!
To keep up-to-date with the happenings at The Andy Warhol Museum, you can check their blog or follow the museum on Facebook, Twitter, Tumblr and Pinterest.© Copyright 2015 Nadine Champsi, All rights Reserved. Written For: The Pittsburgh Mommy Blog
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