Kalamazoo Institute of Arts Revitalized Interactive Gallery is Now Open

Free Fun for Kids at the KIA!

Posted: September 1, 2010
Source: Farrell Howe
Job Title: Marketing & PR Coordinator
Department: Development
Phone: (269) 349-7775 ext. 3112
Email: farrellh@kiarts.org

Interactive Dragon

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is pleased to announce the opening of the revitalized Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Interactive Gallery!

The Interactive Gallery closed during the summer of 2010 during construction of the Joy Light Gallery of Asian Art. It has been relocated to a brand new space constructed specifically for the entertainment and education of children.

Located on the Lower Level, the newly designed Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Interactive Gallery is chock full of different "stations" for children to visit including:

computer drawing

Gallery Games Scavenger Hunt bags: Pick a bag and scour the KIA Permanent Collection Gallery for the answers to the clues provided! Divided by age groups, this fun activity is a great way for parents and care givers to spend quality time with their children!

Giant Magnetic Wall Puzzle: Assemble a masterpiece! A great fit for puzzle fanatics and small children working on hand/eye coordination!

Reading: Book worms are welcome to curl up on the reading couch and make a selection from various art-related books.

Color Station: Make your own colorful designs on a light table!

Tangrams: This ancient Chinese game is still popular today! Use wooden tangram pieces to create endless shapes. Creativity knows no bounds!

Interactive Drawing

Drawing: The easels, paper, drawing implements and inspiration are all provided...all that's needed are the artists!

Digital Painting: For the little Picassos, there are two interactive computer stations that allow young artists to create endless masterpieces utilizing color, shapes, lines, image stamps and more!

...and more: the popular Pin Pressions, art as sound machine, and the Re-Imagine section which encourages children to use their imaginations and re-purpose common objects to make extraordinary art!

Interactive Robot

Best of all? Admission to the Upjohn Mason Grandchildren Interactive Gallery is FREE and open to the public during KIA hours. Tuesday - Saturday, 10 a.m. - 5 p.m., and Sunday, 12 p.m. - 5 p.m. Please note that the KIA will be closed on Sunday, September 5th. The KIA is also closed on Mondays and major holidays.

Children of all ages are welcome but must be accompanied by an adult.

The Kalamazoo Institute of Arts is a nonprofit art museum and school. Since 1924, the institute has offered art classes and free-admission programming, including exhibitions, lectures, events, activities and a permanent collection. The KIA's mission is to cultivate the creation and appreciation of the visual arts for the communities of West Michigan.