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July #ArtHour: Join the AGO and Bunch for a chat about kids and art

July 6th, 2012

On Thursday, July 12, from 11 a.m. to noon the AGO is teaming up with Bunch and co-hosting an hour-long online discussion about kids and art. We hope you’ll take part!

School is out and parents are looking for ways to keep their kids’ bodies and minds active and engaged. Art activities are an obvious go-to on lazy, hazy summer days, but it’s less clear how to keep kids interested, cultivate their creativity and find age-appropriate materials for both art-making and art education. How can you accomplish all that while creating a sense of wonder about the world of art and keeping paint and glue off the carpet?

On July 12, we’re looking for answers on Twitter, with help from our co-hosts Bunch and their expertise on art and culture for families. During #ArtHour, we will ask six questions related to the topic, with the aim of generating a great discussion and giving parents, caregivers and art educators a platform to share tips:

Q1 How do you expose your kids to art in the city?

Q2 Do kids learn more about art from making it or seeing it?

Q3 What’s an art project you did with your kids that really got them engaged at a young age?

Q4 How can we use technology to introduce children to art? Any resources you can recommend?

Q5 Everyone has a marker bin, but does your family use any outside-the-box art materials?

Q6 How do you determine what art is appropriate for your kids to see?

The person who contributes the most to the conversation will win five VIP passes to visit Picasso: Masterpieces from the Musée National Picasso, Paris before August 12. Each pass comes with an audio guide, which contains several stops that are just for kids! The passes also include general admission to our collection and current exhibitions.

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HOW TO TAKE PART

What #ArtHour is a Twitter chat with a new art topic each month. We invite you to spend one hour each month thinking about and sharing what art really means to you.

When Thursday, July 12, 11:00 a.m. – noon EDT (takes place the second Thursday of every month).

Where On Twitter. Follow @agotoronto and @BunchFamily for more information, or search for the hashtag #ArtHour. You can follow along using Tweetchat by using the #ArtHour hashtag.

Who #ArtHour is for everyone: galleries and museums, arts professionals, artists and anyone interested in learning more and meeting other passionate art fans.

How Starting at 11 a.m. @agotoronto and @BunchFamily will be tweeting a question every 10 minutes using the hashtag #ArtHour. Anyone can respond, also using #ArtHour. For example, we would tweet Q1 What is your favourite painting? #ArtHour, and you could tweet back A1 The West Wind by Tom Thomson! #ArtHour.

We hope that you’ll help spread the word and join us for this great online event. For more information about #ArtHour please email meagan_campbell@ago.net.

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