Our Community Through the Eyes of Children” art exhibit opens at Los Altos History Museum

By June 8, 2017August 21st, 2017Press Releases

Los Altos, CA – June 8, 2017. The Los Altos History Museum is proud to announce the upcoming exhibit “Our Community Through the Eyes of Children” on display at the Museum’s J. Gilbert Smith House Gallery and conference room, July 7 – September 8, 2017. The exhibit will showcase artistic responses to the question: “Los Altos is a Community of…” by K-6 students participating in Los Altos School District’s (LASD’s) 4-week summer school program to improve grade literacy held at Almond School. This is the art project’s inaugural year and provides students a fun and unique opportunity to express their creativity around this theme.

“We are very pleased that the Museum was selected to showcase the creativity of local K-6 students. We encourage community members of all ages to visit this exhibit, and join us in celebrating their imaginations and love for this town,” stated, Dr. Elisabeth I. Ward, Executive Director of the Los Altos History Museum.

Students may create their projects as a class, as a team or individually. Work will start the second week and be completed by the final week of school on July 7. “We are looking forward to what will be created by these imaginative children – perhaps a painting, sculpture, written story, electronic art…” observed Katie Farley and Alexandra Schroeder, the Summer School Co-Principals and LASD STEM Teachers.

The surprises ahead are part of the excitement of this unique exhibit. LASD Art Docents will coordinate the installation in collaboration with Museum staff and summer school staff. It is the first-ever such collaboration between the LASD and the Los Altos History Museum.

Student artists will be invited to a special viewing at the Smith House on July 7, the last day of Summer School, to see their work/projects on display. All student artists will receive a Los Altos History Museum keychain as a memento of their participation in this first-ever exhibit at the Museum.

The exhibit is open to the public during Museum exhibit hours, noon-4pm, Thursday-Sunday. Visitors to the Smith House exhibits must be accompanied by a docent guide. Docents are available through the Museum’s main lobby.

The Los Altos History Museum began in 1977 with the opening of the J. Gilbert Smith House historic farmhouse, built in 1905. In 2001, the Los Altos History Museum opened its modern building next door, which houses the Museum’s collectionspermanent and changing exhibits, store and administrative offices. The Museum and its grounds are available for rent during evenings and weekends. Its collections are owned by the City of Los Altos and are managed by an independent nonprofit organization, whose staff and volunteers are responsible for all programs and operations.

The Museum and J. Gilbert Smith House are open Thursday through Sunday, from noon-4pm. Admission is free. The gardens, outdoor agricultural exhibits and picnic area are accessible beyond Museum hours. For more information, go to: www.losaltoshistory.org, email hello@losaltoshistory.org, or phone 650.948.9427 x14.

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Los Altos History Museum: Elisabeth I. Ward, 650.948.9427 x10, eward@losaltoshistory.org