Read below for a guest blog post from the Mishkan Museum of Art‘s Education Team! Located in Ein Harod, Israel, the Mishkan Museum of Art is one of the largest and most important museums in Israel’s periphery. It is one of the first three art museums to be established in Palestine, and is distinctive for its extensive collections, the character of its exhibitions, and its architectural structure with its excellent natural lighting. Learn more at museumeinharod.org.
With 80th anniversary celebrations in full swing here at the Mishkan Museum of Art in Kibbutz Ein Harod, Israel, we have been thrilled to take part this year in CMA’s CIVICKIDS program, as they celebrate 30 years of art making!
Every month throughout this year, when CMA issued a call for art based on a theme of civic engagement, the educational team at the Mishkan got to work. Drawing inspiration from our art exhibitions and emphasizing individual expression, we integrated the monthly CMA art call into our student workshop. Third and fourth grade students from our behind the scenes program, “Art in the Heart,” connected art with activism in each project, in a uniquely “Mishkan” way.
In September, they created their own version of CIVICKIDS “Say it Out Loud Megaphones,” in conjunction with the Jewish High Holidays and inspired by the museum’s collection of traditional “Shofarot” (ritual horns blown for the Rosh Hashana holiday prayer service). Children collaged and painted their own colorful megaphone-shofars, as a reflection of their wishes for themselves and their communities for the coming year.
For January’s CIVICKIDS “Postcard Party,” children at the Mishkan drew inspiration from the bold artistic statements of Israeli artists throughout history, featured in the “Treasures of the Mishkan Museum” exhibition, by creating their own postcard sized artworks with ideas for improving their neighborhoods and societies.
Every workshop allowed us to delve deeper into the power of art to make change, as well as art’s ability to connect us with the world around us. The kids were thrilled to know that their art became a part of CMA’s digital archives and was visible all over the world, together with similar projects by children from different countries and in different languages. The Mishkan education team connected with other CIVICKIDS partnering museums around the world, starting conversations about museum art education for change that we hope will grow and flourish.
Just as CMA was founded in 1988 to introduce children to the transformative power of the arts, the Mishkan Museum of Art in Ein Harod was founded in 1938 based on the belief that art is a necessary part of life, and is crucial to building a future for our children. Thanks to CMA’s CIVICKIDS, children at the Mishkan are not only using art to make change in their own communities, but also to connect with the wider world around them. Thank you CMA CIVICKIDS for including us in this great program!
This program is supported, in part, by the Horace W. Goldsmith Foundation, the New York State Council on the Arts with support of Governor Andrew Cuomo, and public funds from the New York City Department of Cultural Affairs. This month of CIVICKIDS activity is sponsored by Trinity Church at Wall St.