DAVIE — Children from Broward County Head Start classes were among the first to explore the new Young At Art Museum during a field trip made possible as part of ArtSTART on the Go.
ArtSTART on the Go is an early childhood outreach program for underserved preschool children. Through age appropriate programs, they are introduced to art material as they engage in sensory based activities designed to increase verbal skills and understanding of spatial relationships, build self-esteem and foster early development of language, math, literacy, science and the creative arts.
ArtSTART on the Go is a collaboration between the PNC Foundation and Young At Art Museum with additional support provided by The Peacock Foundation and Broward County Schools.
The curriculum incorporates art materials such as pastels, clay and India ink, while encouraging children to use their five senses to create masterpieces with an array of color, shape and textured materials.
Themed activities center around weather, multicultural awareness and saving the earth.
“By bringing this program into our classrooms, it also sets the stage for families to do things together as the children take parent packs home to share,” said Lillian Vega, family partnership education specialist for Head Start.
Young At Art Museum Co-Founder and CEO Mindy Shrago has fostered many outreach programs over the past 23 years that have brought art and art education to the community.
While it is well documented that the arts have a significant impact on the positive social, emotional and cognitive development of children, Shrago added, “To me, when children make art, it is the sheer joy, delight and freedom they experience from the process that is most significant.”
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