Three Reasons To Take Your Children to an Art Museum
If you were to ask most parents about where they would take their children on a weekend adventure, most probably would not say the local art museum. Art museums are not necessarily on the lists that populate in a parent’s mind when they think kid-friendly-activity. Perhaps perceived as stuffy, outdated, and no-fun, today’s art museums can get a bad wrap. However, taking the opportunity to take your children to an art museum, even when they are young, can prove beneficial for all parties involved.
Children Have a Natural Propensity Towards Art
Renowned artist Pablo Picasso once said, “Every child is an artist. The problem is how to remain an artist once we grow up.” By nature, children are born creative and curious, but like anything, that creativity needs to be nurtured and encouraged to grow. Exposing children to art of all forms at a young age can encourage them to foster their own artistic growth. Art museums are a great place for kids to see all different types of mediums – painting, photography, sculpture – that they can translate into their own play at home. For parents, supplies like paper, crayons, paint, and sculpting clay can be economical purchases as well.
Art Is a Cultural Reflection
Art is a great way to show kids the broader world, without ever having to buy a plane ticket. Artists around the world use their mediums to capture important aspects of their culture and share them with the world. Museum curators complete the task of gathering and organizing all of the pieces together, so all you have to do is show up and be transported to a different world. Additionally, art museums often provide the opportunity to transport young minds to different times in history, moving participants through the minds of those who lived during that time and what they found important and beautiful.
Art Can Be Empowering
While most people will advocate for activity being good for children, not all children find themselves at home in the world of athletics. Instead, they crave the freedom that comes from drawing, painting or sculpting. Taking your child to an art museum may empower them to explore their talents further. Additionally, art can provide an outlet for minority groups to be celebrated and recognized. For example, in California, little ones can visit the Berkeley Art Museum & Pacific Film Archive (BAMPFA) and take in an entire exhibit of Buddhist and Hindu art, created entirely by females artists. This exhibit, sponsored by art supporter Louise Gund, is only one of many exhibits around the nation that seek to celebrate previously underrepresented artists and populations.
Taking children to an art museum can have highly favorable results, but if you’re still on the fence about taking your child to an art museum, start small – visit a local children’s art museum first. Many major cities across the nation have some sort of art museum that will encourage both art appreciation and art exploration. Use these as a springboard to grow their exposure to art and artistic expressions throughout their lives and watch their worlds expand.