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Interview with Katonah Museum Explores Benefit of Joint Parent-Children Learning

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Sep 23, 2015

In a recent post for Art Works Blog, Rebecca Gross spoke with Margaret Adasko, education programs manager at Katonah Museum of Art (Katonah, NY), about the Arte Juntos program – a program that works with parents as well as their children wherein participants are encouraged to talk, touch, question, and create. The majority of program participants are immigrant families that had, historically, felt unwelcomed at local cultural institutions.

According to Gross, “Arte Juntos encourages parents to be their child’s primary teachers, and teaches them how the arts can be a tool for learning and discovery. In tandem, children learn concepts like shape, color, and texture, and develop their verbal and literacy skills as they talk through various art activities.”

In the interview, Adasko shared advice for teaching parents how to talk to their children about art in a learning environment: “The number one tip is [asking] open-ended questions, so that you're creating opportunities for kids to use their language and develop their language. So not just, "Is this yellow?" but ‘Can you talk about the colors you see here?,’ and reframing any interaction with their kids with more of that open-ended dialogue. Especially at a very young age, and because these are primarily English-second-language learners, creating opportunities for that language development is essential.”

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