• World Awareness Children’s Museum Documents Pandemic Through Students’ Eyes

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    March 04, 2021
    World Awareness Children’s Museum announces its partnership with ten schools and districts for a project titled “COVID-19 & Me: Changes in My World,” to document the pandemic through student-made art. This project is made possible by the generous contributions of Dr. Judith Mysliborski, The Touba Family Foundation, and Blick Art Materials, and is led by the museum’s Executive Director Bethanie Muska Lawrence and Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Russell Serrianne, with help from independent curator Jenny Hutchinson.
    Participating Schools:
    • Governor’s Ranch Elementary School, Littleton, Colorado
    • Midlands Arts Conservatory, Columbia, South Carolina
    • Landmark School, Beverly, Massachusetts
    • Hadley-Luzerne Junior/Senior High School, Lake Luzerne, New York
    • Odyssey Charter Junior/Senior High School, Palm Bay, Florida
    • Park County School District #16, Meeteetse, Wyoming
    • Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, New Jersey
    • Tséhootsooí Middle School, Fort Defiance, Arizona
    • Glens Falls City Schools, Glens Falls, New York 
    • Hawthorne Christian Academy, Hawthorne, New Jersey
    The goal of this project is to document the pandemic through children’s eyes. Participating students will create and display art that allows them to reflect on and process their experiences with the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has made in their lives. The project will culminate in virtual and physical art exhibits, featuring new artworks created by students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. At least 50 of these new works will be accessioned into the museum’s extensive International Youth Art Collection. All art submitted to this initiative will be featured in an online virtual exhibition on the museum’s website so students can see that they are not alone in their experiences with the pandemic. Participating schools and selected artists will be featured in a special magazine edition produced by the museum and available in print and online.

    “We believe that art helps us understand the world better and helps us process difficult times,” said Ms. Lawrence. “We hope this art project will help students explore and process the pandemic’s effect on their lives and see that, though they might be physically distanced from each other, they are not alone in their experiences.”
    About the Museum 
    Established in 1995, The World Awareness Children’s Museum’s mission is to bring cultural awareness and our diverse world to children. The permanent collection includes over 8,000 works of children's art from 80 countries and a 3000-plus piece collection of international artifacts, textiles, and clothing.   International youth art exhibitions travel to schools, educational institutions, museums and public venues across the United States.    
    The World Awareness Children’s Museum is located at 89 Warren Street, Glens Falls, NY 12801. Contact the museum at 518-793-2773 and visit the website www.worldchildrensmuseum.org for more information.
    Shane Frasier, Marketing Coordinator
    marketing@worldawarenesschildrensmuseum.org, 518.792.2773