Bass Museum of Art
2100 Collins Avenue
Miami Beach, FL 33139
According to Kylee Crook, the Bass Museum education department is focusing its efforts on outreach programs in Miami’s underserved communities. Its mission is to engage the families of children from two to eight years of age via a literacy and arts program with the intention of nurturing brain development in early childhood by passing the knowledge of how to do so to their families. Art becomes more approachable and accessible as introduced via books and literacy with programs around Miami including a successful program at Little Havana’s Centro Mater (for children two to four years of age). The programs involve both children and parents to create together in addition to parents-only workshops on incorporating art and literacy into their daily lives, creating family traditions, history and culture and becoming more active participants in their communities.
Use the following questions to begin a discussion with your child. What is a neighborhood? What does yours look like? How is it different from other neighborhoods? Does it have houses or apartments? Is there a park or a school or a library? What does “neighborhood” mean to you? Parents, do you live now where you grew up? If not, explain what your former neighborhood looked like.
Families can check out the book, “Welcome to My Neighborhood Barrio ABC” by Quiara Algeria Hudes, from a local public library or any other children’s books that focus on neighborhoods.
If you have other related books, pictures of neighborhoods or access to the internet on a tablet or computer, you can look up other neighborhoods to show your family the variety of neighborhoods that exist in the state, in the country and even around the world.
Gather supplies to create a collage: old magazine paper to glue images on, glue, scissors, pencils/markers/colored pencils and paint (optional). Explain to your children what a collage is and demonstrate how you look for images that might represent your neighborhood. Cut them out and glue the pieces to the paper. If you have access to paint, the collage may be painted after everything is glued on as well.
Each family member now gets a chance to show and explain their collage.