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K-State Today

March 26, 2020

Beach Museum of Art offers online engagement tools for continued art experiences

Submitted by Jui Mhatre

Greetings to you, wherever you may be self-isolating!

The Marianna Kistler Beach Museum of Art is closed indefinitely, in compliance with K-State policies. In-person events and programs at the museum have been canceled until further notice — see list at bottom. But museum staff members have been hard at work to make sure that you still have access to experiences with art in the museum's collections — for your classes or for your personal enjoyment and stimulation.

Please find links to some of the online art interactives we've already developed — some for children and families, some for adults, and some for any age or for kids and grown-ups to do together. Please send us your suggestions for improving these or for other online offerings. We hope to add more as the weeks go by.

Very soon on our website, we'll be able to offer online access to the museum's current exhibition "Voices of the West," curated by Elizabeth Seaton. The exhibition includes several never-before-displayed artworks from the collection, some by regional Native American artists.

"Thinking about Pictures (TAP)" offers images of artworks in the museum’s newest exhibition, "Inspirations: Art for Storytelling." Choose an image and then challenge yourself to type in your observations and interpretations. Return as often as you like to respond to other images. This can be an intergenerational activity. If a young person cannot yet type in responses, an older child or adult can serve as the scribe. Start exploring TAP here. Or paste this URL into your browser: https://kstate.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_1ZaF06qpsMInLeZ.

Explore the museum's art collection of nearly 10,000 objects for your research or enjoyment with Verandah, the collection search tool. Details here. Or paste this URL into your browser: https://beach.k-state.edu/explore/collection/.

The museum's YouTube channel features videos of art, artists and special programs. Enjoy the videos here. Or paste this URL into your browser: https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC1obT2UdtQU6U0j0uz2gJzQ.

The museum has a number of educational resources for schools, early childhood programs, social service organizations and home school groups. Find details here. Or paste this URL into your browser: https://beach.k-state.edu/participate/educational-resources/.

Check our social media pages for a series of fun interactive posts using art from our collection. Everyone is invited to participate and share!
Facebook: /BeachMuseumofArt
Instagram: /beachmuseum

I hope you will find it enjoyable to visit the museum virtually and often!

Sending all best wishes for your health and safety,
Director Linda Duke and the entire staff of the Beach Museum of Art

The following events and programs have been canceled, although we are hoping to announce plans for virtual versions of some of them soon!

March 26: Film Screening and Discussion: "Arrival"
April 4: Film Screening: "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"
April 9: Teacher's Workshop – Week of the Young Child
April 11: Week of the Young Child Reception
April 18: K-State Open House
April 21: K-Link Family Workshop
April 24: Spring Donor Party
April 30: "An Evening of Art Song"
May 14: FRIENDS of the Beach Museum of Art Annual Meeting and Reception