June 23, 2020
When Huntington Museum of Art summer camps were canceled this year because of COVID-19, a plan was developed at the Museum to create a video series titled “Friends and Neighbors” to reach out online during the summer to parents and schoolchildren. The first video in the series will be available beginning July 2 on the Huntington Museum of Art’s website at hmoa.org.
“Friends and Neighbors” will be hosted by HMoA Museum Educator George Lanham, who will lead viewers of all ages on an exploration of art within the Museum’s collection as well as the living collection of the C. Fred Edwards Conservatory, Nature Trails, Memorial Herb Gardens and the Steelman Butterfly Garden.
Active at community events and after-school sessions in Cabell County Schools, Lanham, also known as HMoA’s “Mr. George,” is comfortable and engaging when teaching children about the values of art and nature. Thanks to the Internet, “Friends and Neighbors” will bring Mr. George into the homes of viewers, who are looking for fun and educational ways to interact with their children this summer.
For the past three months, the Huntington Museum of Art’s Education Department has been reaching out online with virtual tours of art exhibits, video clay classes on social media with HMoA Artist in Residence Kathleen Kneafsey, and puzzles and activity sheets for parents and children to complete together at home. Links to these items can be found by clicking on https://www.hmoa.org/hmoa-at-home or by visiting the HMoA at Home tab under the Education menu on the home page of HMoA’s website.
The introductory video to “Friends and Neighbors” will be posted to the HMoA at Home page of the Museum’s website beginning on July 2. Then, videos on art in this series will appear on Tuesdays and videos of nature on Thursdays for the month of July. Also, these videos will be posted on HMA’s Facebook, Instagram and YouTube platforms. Additional learning materials and activity sheets for these videos can be found on https://www.hmoa.org/hmoa-at-home as well.
“We have missed our personal interactions with our volunteers and visitors to the Huntington Museum of Art, but our Education Department has worked tirelessly to provide exciting virtual programming” said HMA Director of Education Cindy Dearborn. “Our online outreach efforts have helped us stay in contact with our supporters and provide fun and instructional ways for them to spend time together while they are staying safe at home. As ‘Mr. George’ would say, ‘As always, take care of one another.’ ”
Dearborn thanks her Education Department staff members for their outreach efforts. “I would like to recognize HMoA Artist in Residence Kathleen Kneafsey and HMoA Education Coordinator Sadie Helmick for their work on instructional clay videos that have become very popular online with followers. We expect the ‘Friends and Neighbors’ series with Museum Educator George Lanham and input from Sadie to be popular as well and we are looking forward to feedback from our online followers and supporters.”
For more information, visit hmoa.org or call (304) 529-2701. HMoA is fully accessible.
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