Kids Curate is a yearlong program that integrates art and science into existing curriculum and culminates in an exhibition. 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.
During the 2019-2020 school year, the High Desert Museum partnered with Rosland Elementary in La Pine! Students spent the year exploring wildlife corridors and migration routes for native creatures. Click here to check out the online exhibition.
During the 2018-2019 school year, Kids Curate was dedicated to Ensworth Elementary in northeast Bend. The year’s project explored three main ecosystems of Smith Rock including rimrock, shrub-steppe and riparian. Integrated into the final exhibit included 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 learned to combine their knowledge of ecology and geology with the two- and three-dimensional artmaking skills 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 concepts that were woven into the exhibition.
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