FWMoA Targets Young Audience With New Learning Center

Museum of Art opens center geared toward younger visitors

Keiara Carr | The Journal Gazette

FORT WAYNE, IN –  The Fort Wayne Museum of Art will open a new specialized Early Learning Center that is designed to inspire the museum’s youngest visitors to use their senses.

The newly renovated space, which will open Sunday, will be the first of its kind for the museum, officials announced Thursday. The Early Learning Center will focus on hands-on activities and developmental skills that are imperative for children developing their visual literacy. Split into three main activity areas, children and their caregivers will focus on building, drawing and reading.

The Early Learning Center is designed for walk-in visitors during regular museum hours but can be used by preschool classes, day-care centers and home-school groups. The space features a Self Identity Gallery, a whiteboard drawing wall and a magnetic Tree Gallery to display artwork. The new center can be used as a classroom, family area and will be open for tours of the museum.

The Early Learning Center is housed within the original Learning Center, which was an addition to the building during the museum’s 2010 expansion and renovation. The Learning Center was designated as a general area for children, but the museum decided that the space needed to be more effective.

“We became convinced that by focusing the space to serve young children, ‘the early child,’ we could make a more meaningful impact on our region’s children,” Max Meyer, the museum’s director of children’s education, said in a written statement.

The museum has also developed a new monthly program, “My Mini Museum,” to help patrons take advantage of the space. At 10:30 a.m. the second Tuesday of the month, the museum’s education staff will host an activity that spotlights one of the center’s activity areas. The first program, on Tuesday, will have children building sculptures that will be photographed and displayed on the museum’s website.

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fwmoa.org [FWMoA]

Fort Wayne Museum of Art opening learning space for young children [News-Sentinel]

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