Tuesday, March 17, 2009

Artists in Residence

As part of this month’s Art All Around Us theme, the museum is hosting some very special guests who are working on a fabulous art project— and everyone can help! Members of the Philly Dumpster Divers are the Artists in Residence at Please Touch Museum now through March 30!

“Recycling is Amazing” is a room-size sculpture made entirely from Styrofoam packing pieces created by the Dumpster Divers, with the help of museum visitors. Along the way, kids will get the chance to learn about recycling and what great things you can make from ordinary objects and materials, like Styrofoam.

I talked to the museum’s Senior Exhibits Designer, Lorna Kent (pic), about the Artist in Residence program and here’s what she had to say:

Pinky: Hi Lorna! So, what is the Artist in Residence program?

Lorna: Making art is really fun and so we thought it would be a great idea to invite artists, to come to the museum and spend time with us so that we could all make art together! While they are here, the Artists in Residence will show visitors some really cool and unique art work that anyone can make at the museum or at home.

Pinky: What kind of project are the Dumpster Divers working on this month?

Lorna: Right now we are making sculptures out of recycled Styrofoam and glue. The artists spent time collecting all the Styrofoam they could find and are now helping children and grownups to make amazing cityscapes. It is really fun to find things that nobody seems to want anymore and turn them into cool collectable art.

Pinky: So this is something families can do at home, too?

Lorna: Sure is! One of the best things about the Artists in Residence program is that their activities can extend beyond the museum and into the visitors’ homes. There are a lot of items that people throw away that can be recycled and reused for fun art purposes. For example, Styrofoam is a great material to use to build cities or other objects. You could also try to find new and creative ways to use Styrofoam. Let your imagination run wild!

Thanks, Lorna! I can’t wait to get home and see what kind of art I can make.

The Dumpster Divers will be here Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays, during March from 1 – 4 PM in the Program Room.

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