THE ART NEST
Monthly Art Nest Themes
For the 2017–2018 school year, the Art Nest will be focusing on community-building themes — each month reflecting on the kind of culture we want to create together. These ideas were inspired by the Smithsonian Asian Pacific American Center's Culture Lab Manifesto.
May: A Culture of Making
After May 12th our extended Summer hours begin! We will make art together that is inspired by works on view throughout our 7 floors of gallery spaces!
April: A Culture of Action
Actions create change in the world when we connect with others. What messages do we want to send other children in the world? Let’s make the most inventive postcards to send to people around the world. What do we want them to know about our views and ourselves? What is important to express?
March: A Culture of Imagination
There is value to daydreaming. Let’s dream up inventions that the world has never seen before using everyday objects. What inventions does the world need?
February: A Culture of Beauty
What is beautiful to you? Who gets to decide what is beautiful? Let’s create the most divine creatures that the world has never seen before. Beauty is the thing that makes us unique and stand out from the crowd.
January: A Culture of Belonging
Everyone is welcome to our space. Let’s explore the history of the Mill building. What did it look like in the past and how was it transformed? Listen to the stories of those who knew the building before it was The Wassaic Project. Let’s make art about the Mill placing yourself in it. What did people use to look like back when it was a functioning Mill? Let’s imagine ourselves from that era. What would we have worn and what would our job have been? What would our lives have looked like?
December: A Culture of Relevance
This month is about engaging in the present. This month we will think about the world around us at this moment in time and make art about things that we see happening. Through thinking about current events in our immediate environment and the world, we will make mixed media works that tell a story about the present.
November: A Culture of Equity
Everyone shares in the work. This is the month of collaborative projects. Working with others allows ideas to grow. Let’s design a town together. How does this town make life special for all its members?
October: A Culture of Fun
Play is innovation. Play is care. Play is life. This month is about making costumes just for yourself for fun or for Halloween. From masks to outfits, explore your fantastical self.
Hours and Info
Summer Hours: May 12–September 30
Fridays 3–6 PM
Saturdays 12–5 PM
Sundays 12–5 PM
Winter Hours: October 1–May 11
Saturdays 12–5 PM
Closed for the Holiday Season from
December 18–January 7.
Kids under 10 must be accompanied by an adult at all times. All projects can be scaled to suit the age of your child. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org if you have any questions, special needs, or want to set up a group visit.
Photo by Walker Esner