We are VERY FORTUNATE in this area to have not one -- but TWO wonderful art museums. The Figge and the Putnam. (my best guess is both institutions are named after a rich white guy who died and left a pot of money).
The Figge has a partnership with all the schools in the area, whereby each school gets a "weekend" to display the best art from each class. This year, Lilly was invited to represent the 2nd Grade for her school, Virgil Grissom. She was DELIGHTED...
|It was exciting for her to see her picture hanging IN THE ART GALLERY...|
|There was also a reception, where each artist received a certificate|
|Of course, Uncle Ross and I both went to let Lilly know we support her art. (Warren does, too!)|
|After the reception, the kids wanted to go to their favorite place at the Figge...|
|Oh, yes...it's the Lego Studio...a room they are both very familiar with!!|
Here's how it works. When Lilly (or any student in the world) creates a new piece of art, her art teacher takes a digital picture and uploads it to the Artsonia website. Lilly's parents must approve the people who can go to Lilly's page...and we all get a notice when a new piece of art goes up. And we are encouraged to write comments to Lilly...
AND -- of course -- you can ORDER THINGS WITH THE child's artwork!! Mugs, t-shirts, aprons, prints, keychains, jewelry...all kinds of things.
I think it's genius.
There could be a turtle keychain in my future.