Maria Teresa G. Pedroche is our guest blogger today! She is the Head of Family Experiences & Community Engagement at the DMA. Maria Teresa enjoys working with children and teaching families at the museum and working with community partners. She partners with schools and organizations in Dallas and organizes community exhibitions that include Young Masters, sponsored by O’Donnell Foundation and Preservation Link, Inc.
My favorite part of my job is helping families who visit for the first time and regular visitors to make connections to works of art in the galleries and then sharing their gallery-inspired art that they have created in the Studio. Many of our visitors see the benefits of becoming a member, especially if they have children that take art-related classes or enjoying participating in many other family friendly events. All of this is possible with the talented and creative staff, intern, and Junior League volunteers in Family Experiences, Community Engagement, and C3 staff.
We recently had a great turnout at the Sor Juana Family Celebration celebrating Day of the Child/Day of the Book and Women in the Arts. Frida Espinosa Muller wrote and performed a play called, Sor Juana the Child Who Loved to Read that debuted at the Dallas Museum of Art. Mariachi Rosas Divinasperformed favorite Mexican love songs and all time favorites in the Atrium Café. After the performances many children were so inspired by the talented Frida Espinosa Muller and the Mariachi Rosas Divinas that they requested acting and singing lessons!
Some of the highlights in May and June include ongoing programs at our community sites and at the Museum with Avance Dallas, David Lozano and Frida Espinosa Muller with Cara Mia Theatre Company, Cathedral Guadalupe, Dallas Public Library, Latino Cultural Center, Dave Herman, Preservation Link, Inc. and other organizations.
Some exciting programs that we have coming up are:
The First Tuesday program will occur on May 4 and the theme will be Cinco de Mayo! Arturo the DMA family mascot will be in attendance. Visit Arturo’s Nest to learn more about him and programs offered for children ages 5 and under.
City Arts Festival will take place in Fair Park on May 8 and 9. We will promote the Hispanic Heritage Contest sponsored by Dallas Public Library and DMA, and will provide supplies to create Mother’s Day cards inspired by the Dallas Museum of Art collection.
For the past five years we have organized a special exhibition, Through the Eyes of Our Children—Something Beautiful which are photographs made by students from the Dallas Independent School District’s Area 2. Instructed by photographer David Herman, Jr., these students, in fourth and fifth grade, engaged in a twelve-week curriculum focused on the fundamentals of camera operation, photo composition, editing, and more. This year the exhibition opens May 14 and continues to August 29, 2010.
Visit the Museum this summer to hear the students discuss the meaning of their works, their dreams and future. I encourage you to visit our family blog and the Museum website frequently to check out new programs we have designed for you. We look forward to seeing you soon!