Hybrid Take-home and Virtual Programs for Children and Young Adults Offered by the Everhart Museum

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Although the Everhart Museum is now open to the public; in-person programs are still not possible due to CDC and State restrictions. Accommodating the current environment, the staff has pivoted all educational programs to hybrid take-home kits and virtual platforms, all inspired by the Museum’s collection.

On Saturday, October 10 and running through Saturday, November 21, there will be two programs, one for those in kindergarten through fourth grade and the second for fifth through eighth-graders. Each program will run for seven weeks and consist of seven live open studio sessions and a take-home kit with all of the art supplies necessary to complete the program.

The students participating in the Everhart Minis will become Mini Masters by the end of the seven weeks, themed “Still Life Selt & Scene.” Everhart Juniors is an advanced museum art course for teens and pre-teens. Students will learn various art techniques and will have a better understanding of the cultural and historical context of each artwork they view. The fall sessions will be themed “Impressionism: Place & Home.”

“The programs offered this fall have great potential to enrich arts learning at home,” said Stefanie Colarusso, Director of Programs. “The minis and juniors classes will provide students with the technical skills needed to create a work of art, and the expression lab is a safe space for all learners to express themselves through active arts learning.”

In partnership with Marywood University Art Therapy Department , the Everhart Museum has created the Creative Expression Lab , inspiring kindergarten through six grade artists to express creativity and imagination and explore social and emotional growth . Weekly themes will integrate social and emotional concepts such as empathy, respect, understanding of one’s emotions, and developing positive social interactions. The Creative Expression Lab is hosted by Dr. Ashley Hartman, Assistant Professor of Art Therapy, a board-credentialed art therapist (ATR-BC) and licensed professional counselor (LPC) . Art therapists and students from Marywood University’s Art Therapy Program will participate in developing and co-facilitating Studio Sessions.

Virtual 90-minute Creative Expression Studio Sessions will take place Saturday afternoons October 10, October 17, October 24, October 31, November 7, November 14, and November 21. Studio sessions will be held for kindergarten through third grade artists from 1:00p-2:30p and for fourth through sixth grade artists from 2:30p-4:00p.

Registration is now open, and the deadline is September 25, 2020 . Member pricing is $35, and non-members are $40. Kits are unique to the Everhart Museum and can be shipped outside of Lackawanna County. To Register, visit “LEARN” on the Everhart Museums website at www.everhart-museum.org and click the link for member or non-member pricing.

Everhart Museum launches CultureConnect . Museum-goers from home can access rich content about the Everhart Museum’s permanent collection, temporary exhibitions, and educational program highlights. Listen to guided audio tours, view objects and artworks from the Museum’s extensive collection of natural history and art, and explore educational content using the Museum’s interactive mobile guide and interactive website. The Everhart Museum Culture Connect Mobile Guide App will downloadable through GooglePlay or the App Store in September 2020.