With the support of a Summer Research Fellowship sponsored by the UNC Pembroke’s Teaching and Learning Center, Naomi Lifschitz-Grant, an assistant professor of Art Education, explored how art museums can welcome and inspire younger visitors.
“Traditionally, young audiences (birth to five years old) have not been included in museum education programs,” Lifschitz-Grant said. “Academic research resoundingly supports the value of arts exposure and education during the early childhood years.”
Her article, “Mornings at the Museum: A Family Friendly Early Childhood Program,” describes two pilot sessions of Mornings at the Museum at the Reynolda House Museum of American Art in Winston-Salem. Based on children’s hands-on activities and her surveys, focus groups, and observations, Lifschitz-Grant outlines best practices for effective, enriching arts programming that welcomes and engages young children in art museums like Reynolda House.
Originally published Aug. 31, 2017.