Kids Curate

Kids Curate

On display May 10 – June 9, 2019

Kids Curate, an exhibition created by fourth and fifth grade students from Ensworth Elementary, opens Friday, May 10. The exhibit explores three main ecosystems of Smith Rock including rimrock, shrub-steppe and riparian. Kids Curate is a yearlong program that integrates art and science into existing curriculum and culminates in the exhibition at the Museum.

Integrated into the exhibit include a large-scale mural painting that depicts food webs in the three Smith Rock ecosystems, photographic landscape collages and three large erosion sculptures. Working collaboratively, the students have learned to combine their knowledge of ecology and geology with the two- and three-dimensional artmaking skills they’ve gained during the course of the project.

Following the field trip, the students continued to study the unique geologic history and resident wildlife of the state park, how humans influence the place, and how the place, in turn, influences art. The students took photographs, sketched the cliffs and brought back the concepts that will soon translate into the exhibition.

The Ensworth Elementary students are part of the sixth annual Kids Curate, a yearlong program that integrates art and science into existing curriculum and culminates in an exhibition— this year from May 10 to June 9. It provides hands-on arts learning for students at schools with limited art programs. The program integrates art, science, history and writing into classroom curriculum, giving students an opportunity to learn about arts and cultural career possibilities. In addition, Kids Curate creates strong relationships between the Museum and Central Oregon students and provides participating students with the pride of publicly and prominently displaying their artwork.