So, this is interesting. I just received a press release from The Art League about their Play exhibit at The Torpedo Factory. This is the one I posted about earlier this week, that we had high hopes for, but upon visiting wasn’t quite what we hoped it would be.
I have no idea if they caught wind of my review and ensuing comments, or they independently decided to revamp the exhibit a bit. BUT, it sounds like they are adding some features that elevate the art experience for kids. In fact, here’s the scoop on what’s coming as soon tomorrow, straight from the press release:
“Starting this weekend and continuing every weekend through the end of the exhibit (April 2), The Art League’s “Play” exhibit will include fun, hands on art activities for kids.
- A child-height graffiti wall, made from gallery pedestals — grab chalk and make your own art!
- A zinc plate for etching — anyone who leaves their mark can also leave their email address and pick up a free print of the finished etching.
- A scavenger hunt based on the art in the gallery, with blank space for kids to make their own art.
- A version of the Surrealist game, the exquisite corpse (“cadavre exquis”) in which different artists can contribute to a collective drawing with an unexpected outcome.
Grab the kids and swing by the gallery – no smock necessary!”
Everyone deserves a second chance, right?
The Play exhibit is on display in The Art League Gallery at The Torpedo Factory in Old Town Alexandria through April 2. Weekend hours are Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 12-6pm. Admission is free.