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Owensboro Art Museum Receives National Endowment for the Arts Grant

kaveOWENSBORO, KY (3/19/12) – Kaleidoscope Kave, an interactive video gallery that turns movement into computerized digital art, will open at the Owensboro Museum of Fine Art, Saturday, March 31 with a special preview party for kids from 2:00 to 4:00 p.m.
 
The $27,500 expansion of its interactive children’s art studio, Artland, was funded by a grant from the National Endowment for the Arts and is being matched by local contributions. The federal agency’s Arts Education in American Communities, a program designed to extend arts education to all communities in the United States, invited the museum to apply for the grant.
 
Upon entering Kaleidoscope Kave, viewers immediately see their silhouette on a wall in front of them. As they move, their shape is repeated and multiplied in myriad colors. Using their body as an electronic paintbrush, they can dance, hop, jump or use any other movement to create different designs. Each movement creates a new, exciting, ever-changing panorama of imagery resulting in a gigantic visual celebration which can be photographed and reproduced on paper by a printer.
 
Following a visit to Kaleidoscope Kave, an Artland Instructor will lead participants in a related project based on pattern and color repetition. Additionally, artists-in-residence programs planned throughout the year will cover other subjects such as math, computer science, dance, music, painting and photography and how they relate to this unique experience. The learning opportunities from these programs are based upon the educational concept that the overlap between art and science increases children’s ability to think creatively, enhancing their ability to learn in any discipline.
 
The installation was designed by internationally known California media artist, Ed Tannenbaum who has created similar art education projects for museums and educational institutions around the world. His installations and exhibitions have been featured at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York City, Chicago Art Institute and San Francisco Museum of Modern Art and he has served as Artist-in-Residence on myriad projects for the National Endowment for the Arts.
 
According to NEA guidelines, the Arts Education in American Communities program which funded Kaleidoscope Kave, is intended to provide Americans with arts learning opportunities across a diverse spectrum of artistic disciplines and geographic locations. Projects must focus on the acquisition of knowledge or skill in the arts, thereby building public capacity for lifelong learning and participation in the arts.
 
A special criterion met by the local museum for this grant was to have the ability to extend the arts to underserved populations – those whose opportunities to experience the arts are limited by geography, ethnicity, economic or disability. The museum’s FREE admission policy combined with the Artland concept to offer free art instruction to the region’s children enabled it to meet this requirement.
 
Artland, which opened in late 2010, is staffed by art students enrolled in local colleges and offers FREE instruction in the visual and performing arts to children ages 4 to 12. It was conceived and implemented by the museum’s staff with support from the Michael E. Horn Family Foundation.
 
The museum is located at 9th and Frederica Streets and is open Tuesday through Thursday 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., Friday 10:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. and Saturday and Sunday 1:00 to 4:00 p.m. Admission to the museum is FREE although voluntary donations are suggested of $2.00 for adults and $1.00 for children. Access accommodations are provided through the 9th street entrance for physically challenged individuals. More information on the exhibition may be seen on the museum’s website, www.omfa.us, or followed on Facebook and Twitter.
 
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