Posts tagged ‘Through the Enchanted Gate’
December 7, 2009  |  Events & Programs
Making Art at MoMA
A young partcipant in MoMA's <i>Children’s Holiday Carnival of Modern Art,</i> December 5, 1950–January 7, 1951. Photographic Archive. The Museum of Modern Art Archives, New York

A young participant in an educational program at MoMA, 1951

Is a museum solely a place to revere the creative work of artists included in exhibitions, or can it be a nexus for exploring and fostering personal creativity by participating in art making? This is a question I ponder often, and a salient question in light of MoMA’s early history.

When I began as deputy director for education at MoMA three years ago, I was amazed by the number of people who would regale me with stories about their early experiences making art at MoMA. The stories were filled with passion and detail that spoke of a deep and abiding sense of kinship with MoMA as a place of personal learning and inspiration.