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Playing with Art – Visiting Artist Series

Jul 16 2024
1:00 pm - 3:00 pm

The Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota is thrilled to unveil a dynamic, multi-faceted project aimed at sparking the imaginations of young artists in our region. The Museum will roll out a series of events designed to celebrate creativity, foster artistic exploration, and culminate a children’s art show through the Visiting Artists Series.

Through the Visiting Artist Series, the Museum will host six artists selected through a call-to-artists and interview process. These local artists will lead separate Saturday morning art-making sessions in Cecil’s Imagineering Loft throughout June and July. The Museums goal is to infuse fun and excitement into the creative process for our young guests. While we’ll give a nod to the artists through our marketing, their focus will be on guiding our child artists on a journey of artistic self-discovery. Call to artists:  April 1st, conduct interviews through May 10th

Visiting artists series dates: Saturdays 9am-11am 

  • June 15  – Loose Parts Collage
    • Artist:  Casandra Garcia, Dazed Bat Artistry
    • We will be playing with loose parts, hot glue, and paint!
  • June 22 – Art by Movement – CANCELLED due to flooding conditions
    • Artist:Steph Johnston, Steph’s Dragonfly Art
    • We will be playing with art created by movement!
  • June 29 – Earth Art
    • Artist: Rachel Gemlo, CMSM Director of Programming
    • We will be playing with natural materials to create art!
  • July 13 – Clay
    • Artist: Angie Caven
    • We will be playing Clay!
  • July 16 – Art by Movement NEW TIME 1-3pm
    • Artist:Steph Johnston, Steph’s Dragonfly Art
    • We will be playing with art created by movement!
  • July 20 – Drop Painting
    • Artist: Arianna Bealey
    • We will be playing with drop painting on a large scale!

Through a culminating event the Museum will transform into an art gallery showcasing the masterpieces crafted by our young visionaries. We invite all children ages 0-12 to submit 1-2 pieces of artwork. An art opening and reception will be held in August.

This activity is made possible in part by the voters of Minnesota through a grant from the Prairie Lakes Regional Arts Council, thanks to a legislative appropriation from the Arts and Cultural Heritage Fund.