OKCMOA Baby Program Booming
Babies at the Museum expands due to popular demand
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Oklahoma City Museum of Art’s program Babies at the Museum, which aims to introduce art to the very youngest of its visitors, is being extended due to high demand.
The sessions, which include activities and arty interaction with the youngsters along with coffee for the adults, had to be increased from five to 15 in 2017 due to the program’s initial popularity.
More than 350 visitors took advantage of the sessions during summer and fall prompting organizers to expand the program for this year to five sessions per month.
“Parents and caregivers are looking not just for new experiences and educational opportunities for their kids but for a chance to connect and socialize with other adults. We intentionally built in social time for our participants (complete with coffee) and think that is part of the reason this program has been so successful,” Tracy Truels, OKCMOA’s director of learning and engagement explains.
Engaging youngsters in art, even for the youngest of the museum’s visitors, is the primary goal of this program with staff offering age-appropriate activities, music, singing, reading and playing, together with social time for both babies and adults.
“Visiting the museum galleries is a fantastic way to engage babies’ developing sense of sight and expose them to new spaces, words and ideas,” says program manager Heather White. “Looking at works of art and talking about them together is visually and mentally stimulating, even for our youngest visitors.”
More information on the program can be found here and guests can register for sessions by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
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