The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum (MMCM) and the Marshall M. Fredericks Sculpture Museum (MFSM) are collaborating to provide excellent art experiences for children who visit the MMCM. A recent award of $600 from the Michigan Council for Arts and Cultural Affairs (MCACA) will benefit elementary and pre-K school students by introducing them to specialized art and regional professional artists.
Early childhood NEWS reports on the connection between art and early learning development: making art and viewing the art of other people is very important in the developmental growth of children. Art activities help children develop their social, cognitive, and motor abilities. Important social skills like taking turns, sharing and negotiating for materials are practiced while engaged in creating art. Art can be an important outlet for children whose vocabulary may be limited. Viewing art can help develop an appreciation of the art of other people, cultures and the confidence to express their own thoughts, opinions and feelings. Choosing the material for an art project may be the first opportunity a child has to make an independent decision. Artists from Saginaw Valley State University will work with elementary and pre-school students at the MMCM to create one-of-a-kind art. Art projects will utilize: open ended” material such as crayons, paint, scissors, clay and assorted paper and glue.
The Mid-Michigan Children’s Museum is located at 315 West Genesee Avenue in Saginaw. The MMCM places priority on teamwork, creativity and critical thinking through discovery-based learning for children from birth to 12 years of age. Special rates are available for groups who pre-schedule visits to the MMCM. The MMCM is also an ideal location for play groups, scout troops, field trips, birthday parties, family reunions and corporate events. Annual memberships may be purchased by families who plan frequent visits.