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Inspired by LEGO: A Family Story

Inspired by LEGO: A Family Story

LEGO bricks provide inspiration for many families to be creative. We talked with the Gonzalez family, last year’s LEGO DESIGN Challenge winner to get the scoop. How did you decide what you were going to build? (What were some of the Read More…

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Wallowing in the MUD: Making Use of Documentation Copy

Wallowing in the MUD: Making Use of Documentation Copy

In the past three years as Visiting Education Scholar at the Columbus Museum of Art, I’ve noticed something astounding happening in the museum’s education department. It’s transformative… and it is going viral, spreading to the children, teens, and adults who Read More…

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Homago, Connected Learning, and Teen After School Programming

Homago, Connected Learning, and Teen After School Programming

If you’ve attended CMA on a Thursday night, chances are you’ve noticed teenage visitors in the Center for Creativity playing Xbox, creating sculptures, composing songs, or even hanging out with friends. The CMA Teen Open Studio is a part of Read More…

Posted in CMA for Teens, Musings from the Center for Creativity
Middle School Redo and Role Models

Middle School Redo and Role Models

My name is Alvin White, and I am a Teaching Artist at the Columbus Museum of Art. Imagine walking into a middle school classroom and you’ve become the star of 6th, 7th and 8th grade. Students are high-fiving you, asking Read More…

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Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of a Museum Educator

Inside the Strange and Wonderful World of a Museum Educator

If you’ve ever worked in the field of museum education, you know that people “on the outside” have no idea what that means. “That must be so fun,” we hear a lot. Yes, it is fun! However, no, we don’t Read More…

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Project Pivot Teens at Roy G. Biv Gallery

Project Pivot Teens at Roy G. Biv Gallery

If you were one of the more than 500 visitors to this month’s Gallery Hop in the Short North, you might have been stopped by a strange traveler outside of the ROY G BIV Gallery, and beckoned onwards to explore Read More…

Posted in CMA for Teens, Musings from the Center for Creativity
Can We Really “Study” the Visual Arts?

Can We Really “Study” the Visual Arts?

Cindy Foley, the director of education at Columbus Museum of Art, wrote an article for LearnNow.org asking the question “Can We Really ‘Study’ the Visual Arts?” In the article, she shares a unique perspective on what the visual arts can Read More…

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Why Not Try

Why Not Try

Why not try is a new mantra I’ve been trying to wrap my head around. I have a CMA visitor to thank for this statement.  It was in the form of a tape creation at one of our in-gallery activities Read More…

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Art Lab, Project Pivot, and Teens at CMA

Art Lab, Project Pivot, and Teens at CMA

If you happened to be in the museum on Wednesdays recently, you may have noticed the surplus of high-school-aged youth engaging in various activities. Project Pivot, the 4-year partnership with the Arts and College Preparatory Academy (artcollegeprep.org), is a high Read More…

Posted in CMA for Teens, Musings from the Center for Creativity
How We Make Art in the CMA Center for Creativity

How We Make Art in the CMA Center for Creativity

As we head full steam ahead into the school year, I am taking some time to reflect on Summer Art Workshops (SAW), why they are awesome, and how we can infuse the same energy into our school year programs, such Read More…

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