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Rebecca Gross
Parents and   children learning together through arts
‘At the   Katonah Museum of Art in Katonah, New York, the traditional relationship   between museum and patron is undergoing a major transformation. Instead of visiting, viewing, and quietly appreciating, participants in the museum’s   Arte Juntos/Art Together program are encouraged to talk, touch, question, and create.
A bilingual, family-focused literacy program, Arte Juntos was developed in   response to Westchester County’s growing community of Latino immigrants. But   how best to engage them? According to the NEA’s 2012 Survey of Public Participation in the Arts, only 10 percent of museum and gallery audiences   were Hispanic. With this in mind, the Katonah Art Museum decided to step   beyond its walls, and partner with local schools to better reach their   community’s newest families, many of whom come from low-income backgrounds.’
Key words
Museums, community involvement, literacy, immigrant, family
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Not specifically related to language learning, the article remains interesting as it shows how to use art to develop a local connection with the place; this connection is necessary for immigrants to develop the willingness and the motivation to acquire language skills and develop cultural understanding.
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Stéphanie Barillé - stephanie@unak.is
Co-funded by The Erasmus+ programme of the European Union.
This project has been funded with support from the European Commission.
This publication reflects the views only of the author, and the Commission cannot be held responsible for any use which may be made of the information contained therein.
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