Kiwanis of Clarksville $10,000 Sponsors of Family Art Studio Initiative

On February 6th, the Kiwanis Club of Clarksville presented a check to the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center to become the inaugural, five-year Title Sponsor of the Museum’s new Family Art Studio initiative. Because of the Kiwanis Club’s focus on serving children, they were a natural candidate to help the Museum kick-start this initiative. Their generosity will allow us to transform over 700 square feet of the Museum’s lower level into an exciting new space that inspires creativity. 

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Securing Title Sponsorship of the Family Art Studio will allow us to install creativity stations that will assist with special programs led by staff, as well as self-exploratory, interactive activities made available to visitors whenever the Museum is open. The dynamic programming will be flexible enough to change periodically and feature different elements of art, themes that coincide with changing exhibitions in the Museum, and challenges that will inspire return visits. The Family Art Studio will provide a safe and welcoming atmosphere for our audience to explore, learn, create, play, and bond with family members. Visitors will be grateful for the transformative experiences that add value to their life experiences.

The space is scheduled to open this June with, at a minimum, several creativity stations: a 12’ wide Lego® Wall for experimenting with thousands of classic bricks, accompanied by a Duplo® Block Table with larger bricks for the younger children; a lighted glass Inspiration Tower that showcases a changing array of objects to introduce creative themes and inspire activities; the Watch Me Create Counter with 12’ of various sizes and shapes of mirrors used to sharpen children’s skills of observation while creating self-portraits in various media; Project Work Tables to accommodate various ages and with ample space to complete a variety of projects; a Gallery Wall Display to show off the masterpieces produced; and, a Photo Op Station to capture images of artists and their work to share with family and friends on social media.

Beginning in July, we will add additional creativity stations in subsequent months. Children will use the Magical Magnetic Moveable Modules on a large creativity wall to experiment with spatial relationships by combining oversized, textured shapes to make engaging compositions. Another feature will be a Light Table for “mixing” translucent, colored shapes to create new hues. Did You Know? will offer a media station with pre-recorded videos that provide helpful guidance for working at the creativity stations, completing projects, and introducing the elements of art; and Drawing the Line will feature oversized geoboards on the wall where children make line drawings by wrapping non-traditional drawing materials around pegs in a connect-the-dot fashion.

Interactive programs foster some of the most memorable, educational, and enjoyable experiences for our youngest museum visitors. When those experiences are shared with family members—parents, grandparents, and siblings—the impact is multiplied. We believe art-making activities, when presented as creative play, are tools to help develop imagination and creative thinking, as well as aids to develop social skills, emotional maturation, problem solving abilities, self-awareness, and self-confidence. We are sincerely grateful to the members of the Kiwanis Club of Clarksville for sharing this vision and providing the support to make it a reality.

Jim Zimmer, Executive Director



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