It’s been a long time between posts. To bring this blog back to life, curator Lee Cannarozzo has written an article about the Bring Your Kids to Work event that took place in our lobby.
On April 27th the Marjorie Barrick Museum of Art held its second annual Bring Your Child To Work Day event. All members of the UNLV family and their children were invited to the Museum for a morning of community painting and drawing.
Groups of children aged four to sixteen, accompanied by parents from maintenance, administration, and teaching, poured into the lobby of the museum to exercise their creative potential.
Philosophy professors mingled with representatives of the Lee Business School. The Honors College and Emergency Management Systems stood next to one another.
The excited crowd was greeted by Alisha Kerlin, Interim Director of the Barrick. Leading adults and children into the main exhibition hall, she encouraged them to view the works of art on display before embarking on their own artistic projects. For many of these children this was their first time visiting a museum.
As the parents and their children emerged from the exhibition spaces they were presented with tables of art supplies that included watercolors, crayons, and acrylic paints. Containers of brushes and clean water stood nearby.
Some of the children decided to work individually, while others chose to collaborate with their parents. One father and daughter team began working at opposite ends of the paper, meeting in the middle to create a vivid beach landscape filled with an expansive ocean that blended into the heavens.
Another father in a grey work uniform was encouraging his children to create a brightly-colored Mother’s Day card covered with hearts and endearing messages. The children, of course, interpreted his suggestions in their own ways, and the man smiled as two sets of illustrations flowed around each other across the page.
A little girl working independently at the next table rubbed blue and pink paint together into a dark shade of purple. “More paint,” she called to the museum staff. “Brown!”
The methods that the participants chose were as varied as their ages and the departments they came from. A child who had become fascinated by a wood raton mask on display in the Barrick’s Masking exhibition decided to include its face in the watercolor painting she was creating with her younger brother.
An older boy working individually on an abstract image was heard saying, “I’m just going to paint, I just like to paint and see what I’m making.”
The event lasted for four hours, finishing as the participants left to join the Women’s Council’s Family Advocacy Picnic on the Green, another one of UNLV’s Bring Your Child To Work Day initiatives. As the crowds cleared, museum staff gathered to prepare the tables for a different event in the afternoon. Students from World Literature and Dance Choreography classes were arriving to perform a collaborative project in the exhibition hall. World Literature professor Roberta Sabbath walked past the vivid beach landscape and the little girl’s purple lines. Both pictures had been taped to the wall while the paint dried.
We hope that initiatives such as the Bring Your Child to Work Day event will help to instill an appreciation of art in audiences young and old, while simultaneously facilitating greater community interaction.