||Lux Art Institute will partner with The New Children’s Museum (NCM) in a two-part series of The Valise Project, a renowned component of Lux’s educational programming, on two Saturdays, May 16 and July 25.
Lux created the Valise Project in 2000 as a way to reintroduce art into the classroom. Inspired by Marcel Duchamp, who carried miniatures of his work inside a suitcase, Lux commissions portable works of art that double as powerful interdisciplinary teaching tools. The valises travel to hundreds of classrooms around San Diego County each year, giving students a rare up-close and hands-on experience with museum-quality art.
Lux instructors will present the Run-Off Dolphin valise to children ages 5-9 (parents welcome) at NCM on May 16 with two sessions, 11 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 2:30 p.m. Created by Los Angeles artist, Kim Abeles, from discarded objects found on Santa Monica beaches, the dolphin-shaped valise presents both an environmental problem (ocean pollution) and a solution (reusing and recycling). A hands-on art project will follow an interactive discussion.
A second presentation of The Valise Project is planned for 8-12 year olds at NCM on Saturday, July 25. The Animal Tales valise, a giant papier-mâché book created by San Diego artist Jean Lowe will prompt discussion about the varied and often-conflicting relationships between animals and humans. Session times remain the same.
The presentations will take place at NCM’s Arts Education Center at 200 West Island Avenue in downtown San Diego. The presentations are free with NCM admission ($10). Space is limited. Email NCM’s Education Programs Coordinator, Lauren Popp, at firstname.lastname@example.org to register. In addition, free Lux admission tickets will be given to all visitors to NCM on May 16 and July 25.
Lux, San Diego’s interactive art destination, is dedicated to encouraging children’s artistic curiosity through The Valise Project, Luxcursion (classroom fieldtrips to Lux,) Summer Art Camp, and Free Saturday.