The Westchester Children's Museum breaks ground this month on the renovation and capital improvement of its site, known as the National Historic Landmark North Bathhouse. Currently operating in 6,500 sq ft of its full 22,000 sq ft, this infrastructure improvement project converts the entirety of the site to a soaring, sunlit year-round facility with immense opportunity for hands on STEAM exhibits not found anywhere else in the region. The undertaking, which allows for up to five times the Museum's current capacity, is slated to be completed in May 2019. The Museum's current operating space will remain open during the construction period. Photo shows floor plan featuring new classrooms, MakerSpaces, exhibit areas, gift shop, snack area and the large interior space shaded in gray to be filled with future exhibits
Westchester County Executive George Latimer and the Westchester County Board of Legislators today joined with ArtsWestchester, to announce 45 Westchester arts organizations who are the recipients of matching funds from the Art$WChallenge grant program. This matching grant program, made possible with $200,000 of Westchester County support, provides much-needed funding for arts and culture in Westchester County. Many thanks to all the donors who helped the Museum to compete successfully to win a $5,000 award.
Shown in photo: Mitchell Visoky, Mamaroneck Artists Guild; Meg. Rodriquez, Rye Arts Center; Westchester County Executive George Latimer; Tracy Kay, Executive Director, Westchester Children's Museum. Photo credit: Margaret Fox
In conjunction with the special exhibit Michael Albert: Cerealism and Collage Works, now on view in the Lavan Family Gallery, artist Michael Albert will lead a pop art collage workshop with visitors!
Michael Albert is synonymous with collage art. His colorful, energetic collages, made from cereal boxes & other printed cardboard packages of consumer products, are full of images and elements of our everyday consumer life which kids recognize.
All participants will get a free signed poster from a selection of Michael's works
Craft Table: Crayon Etching Crayon Etching, also known as scratch art, is a classic visual art that exploits the properties of water-based ink or paint and waxy crayons. This is a great opportunity for kids to understand the process of engraving using lines , colors , pattern and textures.
Science and Tinker Table: Why Knot? So if you get a big knot in your hair you might not be too happy, but there are times when we really need knots! This month we will show you lots of special knots and what they are used for. And we'll have lots of shoes and sneakers to help you learn the different ways people tie shoelaces!
The MakerSpace is appropriate for all ages
Young Discoverers Wednesdays, 11am -11:30 Children will learn about their sense of touch and learn descriptive words for materials that are fun to touch while they become "Mad Scientists" and create and play with ooey -gooey- ooblek! Program designed for ages 2-5.
Exploring Play Fridays, 11am - 11:30am Children will feel their way through Mystery Bags to understand their sense of touch and their five senses. Then, we'll all become artists and create our own special artwork using materials that are fun to touch and feel. For ages 2-5
Truss Us! Its Sturdy! Using scientific principles applied to engineering concepts, children will use straws and paper clips to build the sturdiest structure they can. Every design's strength will be tested by topping each with increasing numbers of weights and still remain standing
Appropriate for ages 6+. Included with admission, space limited
Special Drop-In Workshop: The Joy of Paper Art Saturday, March 30 11:00 AM -1:00 PM
Learn the intricacy and fun of making paper art in a drop in program led by siblings Evan, Micah and Abigail, ages 11, 9, and 7. Origami4Cause, a charitable organization that is the brainchild of the siblings, was created to share their joy of paper art while raising funds for those in need. (Their projects have raised funds for Small Projects in Istanbul and Hope House in Port Chester, NY) Drop in between 11am and 1pm. Included with Museum admission.
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