ARTISTS BUILDING COMMUNITY

Artist Andrea Robbin's toddler's Arts and Literacy class explores different artistic techniques.

Artist Andrea Robbin’s toddler’s Arts and Literacy class explores different artistic techniques.

The Bass Museum at Miami Beach is tapping into one of the community’s greatest resources…the talent of artists.

At the museum’s “Creativity in the Community” event, artists got a chance to exhibit their talents along with the artwork of local families.

It was a day of celebration for the families who participated in the Arts and Literacy program.

The program consists of a featured book each week and an art project based on the book. Each child received a free book. The goal of the program is to strengthen families by teaching parents literacy and creativity skills.

The program book “Welcome to My Neighborhood” by Quiara Alegria Hudes and the week’s art project were definitely vehicles for promoting community pride. Children proudly discussed their neighborhoods and completed a neighborhood collage using the techniques of Romare Bearden.

I am an Art AmBASSador and a believer in artists as social advocates for community good. As part of the “Creativity in the Community” event I did caricatures for children. The program also included live music, A Congo parade, and food. The Bass provided free transportation to the museum for the families from various program community sites.

The winter session of the Arts and Literacy program begins in January.

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