FRIDAY, Jan. 13 — The Lansing Art Gallery & Education Center is offering a new way for visitors to learn and interact with art through its Art Encounter: SEE | CONNECT | CREATE series.
"We’re so thrilled to present something of this nature," said Barb Whitney, executive director of the Lansing Art Gallery.
The series, which offers educational activities tied to the gallery’s exhibitions, kicks off today alongside “Searching For A Middle Path” by Michigan artist Tatsuki Hakoyama. The exhibit, Whitney said, explores globalization and the mixing of cultures in contemporary and historical contexts. “Searching For A Middle Path” opens tonight with a 6 p.m. reception.
The Art Encounter allows visitors to connect with the artist by learning about his background and experiences. Activities include a scavenger hunt for cultural symbols incorporated into the art and a chance to make origami, such as cranes and foxes.
Sydney Richards, education director for the Lansing Art Gallery, said the gallery wanted to create a way for people to connect with visiting artists. The Art Encounter curriculum was designed so that people of all ages can learn and participate, including children.
“It’s a way for kids to create something like the artist and something special for themselves,” Richards said.
The program has a goal of creating one thousand paper cranes by the end of the exhibit, in reference to the children’s book “Sadako and the Thousand Paper Cranes.”
The Art Encounter series is free and open to the public. Activities, which will change with each new exhibition, are available throughout the year during all open hours.
“Searching for the Middle Path” opening reception
6-8 p.m. Friday, Jan. 13
(Exhibit on display through Feb. 24)
Lansing Art Gallery
119 N. Washington Square, Lansing
(517) 374-6400, lansingartgallery.org