133 North Allegheny Street Bellefonte, PA 16823
By Lori Fisher, Deputy Director
Imagination Celebration 2020
It’s A Surreal World Virtual Summer Camp for All Ages
Now through August 14, 2020
It’s summer, and for the Bellefonte Art Museum for Centre County, that means interactive art. Each summer, we transform our museum galleries to create an interactive playground that encourages community members of all ages to participate and contribute to several co-creative art projects. Each activity is inspired by a famous artist or art movement and incorporates educational components as well as creative instruction. In years past, visitors have created a dot room, painted murals, colored doodles, made puppets, string art, chalk emoji, and even had fun with a life-size Lite Brite. Oh, and don’t forget the one thousand origami cranes that were folded and are now flying freely in our 24/7 Display Window for the public to view around the clock.
As 2020 arrived and we began developing our “It’s A Surreal World” theme, we had no idea just how “surreal” our world would become. March found us closing our doors and quickly converting our interactive activities from hands-on community projects to stay-at-home individual creations where we set the theme, and you create the art. Our five Surreal activities are designed to stimulate creativity and offer a virtual summer camp from the safety of your own home. Complete the activity, send us a pic of your creation, and we will share your work on our social media platforms and weekly email collections.
Release the creative potential of your mind as we focus on the 20th century art movement, Surrealism. Several prominent artists came from this movement, including Salvador Dali, Dora Maar, Andre Breton, Rene Magritte and Frida Kahlo. We will focus on each of these artists individually as we dive into each activity. Local artists are also getting involved and constructing large window creations with the launch of each new theme. These creations will be installed at the front of the museum for you to enjoy safely from outside the building both day and night.
For a full list of summer activities and instructions for how you can get involved, please visit our website at www.bellefontemuseum.org.
While at your visit to BAM, head up to the 3rd floor to witness Underground Railroad: A Journey to Freedom exhibit. That permanent feature highlights the escaped slaves who sought safe passage to freedom in the north via a secret network of people who wanted to help abolish slavery altogether.
*This exhibition is supported in part by the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts, a state agency fund-ed by the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania and the National Endowment for the Arts, a federal agency.
The Bellefonte Art Museum is supported by the Happy Valley Adventure Bureau. Learn more about the HVAB by visiting happyvalley.com.
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