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Celebrating Creativity: Art by AGO Visitors

September 8th, 2009

By Teresa Catalano, Public Affairs Intern

You may have noticed the drawing stations throughout the Gallery – lured by the colorful pencil crayons and drawings on display. Celebrating Creativity, an interactive project, was already in place before the AGO’s transformation, and as the gallery expanded, so did the response to these activity stations. Celebrating Creativity allows visitors of all ages to respond to art work, by making art.

“We want people to be involved, its just one of the ways we encourage visitors to engage with art,” explains Shiralee Hudson, AGO’s interpretive planner.

Nine drawing and talk back stations are currently set up in various locations in the gallery, fully equipped with pencil crayons and double sided drawing cards so visitors can get creative. The activities change as the exhibitions change. For example, the question “How can artworks inspire and provoke social and political change?” was used for the Angelika Hoerle and Cologne Progressives exhibition, allowing visitors the opportunity to respond.

Celebrating Creativity has received such a great response from visitors that the AGO publishes up to 80 drawings a month on Flickr.