CON­NECT­ING KIDS WITH ART

Whistler Traveller Magazine - - LOCAL VIBE - STORY BY DAVID BURKE

Con­nect­ing young peo­ple with art is a big part of the man­date of Whistler’s Audain Art Mu­seum. Since open­ing in March 2016, the mu­seum has al­ready wowed thou­sands of vis­i­tors with its per­ma­nent col­lec­tion of Bri­tish Columbia’s First Na­tions and non-First Na­tions artists, and ex­ten­sive col­lec­tion of work by famed B.C. artist Emily Carr. Michael Audain, the Van­cou­ver-based art col­lec­tor who founded the mu­seum, has long been a be­liever in help­ing young­sters con­nect with art. “Michael has al­ways talked about how, when he was young, he would go to the Royal B.C. Mu­seum to see Emily Carr’s work. He re­mem­bers be­ing kind of scared by it, but also in­spired by it,” said Erin Ed­wards, the mu­seum’s ed­u­ca­tion and vol­un­teer man­ager. The Fam­ily Stu­dio Sun­day pro­gram, geared to­ward kids 12 and un­der and their fam­i­lies, en­gages par­tic­i­pants in hand­son art projects in­spired by works in the mu­seum’s col­lec­tion. For ex­am­ple, for the project en­ti­tled “Snows­capes,” young guests might be shown win­ter-themed works such as Gor­don Smith’s “Win­ter­scape,” then in­vited to cre­ate a snow­filled scene of their own, Ed­wards said. Kids Kon­nect Tours are 30-minute tours that aim to help kids con­nect with works in the mu­seum’s per­ma­nent col­lec­tion through ac­tiv­i­ties and games that help bring the art­work to life. Th­ese pro­grams are of­fered on set dates from Nov. 19 to March 18. Those 16 and un­der are ad­mit­ted free with an adult ad­mis­sion or mu­seum mem­ber­ship. au­dainart­mu­seum.com

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