Arts and Tales (For Tots)

Tales for Tots is a monthly program, held at the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts, for children ages 2 to 5. (Though, a caregiver must stay with them). The program combines storytelling and art so that children can understand art through fun stories and crafts. There are two different times that this opportunity is offered: at 10:30 AM and at 11:00 AM. The classes are small, usually about 25 children and their caregivers.

When I asked Kaci Norman, the Assistant Curator of Education Youth, Family and Studio Programs, about the program, she said, “The Tales for Tots program is a free program the Museum offers once a month for toddlers and their caregivers. The program consists of a short story time, usually in the galleries and then a very simple craft that kids and caregivers complete together.”

The Tales for Tots next class will be held on Wednesday, March 22. For more information, contact the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts.




An Out-of-the-Ordinary Book Club

Every month, the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts hosts the art book club, Ekphrasis, for its membersA what, you may ask? An art book club— it’s a book club . . .  about art.

Ekphrasis, the name of the book club, means “a literary description of or commentary on a visual work of art,” and it provides a way to mix literature and art into one super genre! The museum chose this name because this is the types of writing that they read.

Alice Novak, the Curator of Education at the museum, told me, “The books our members choose to read are literary responses to works of visual art.”

This is the club’s sixth season, and members try to read a book every month. However, as Novak tells me, they read longer books throughout the summer. Most members of the club are adults, but it is offered to teens, too. However, because Ekphrasis meets once a month on a Wednesday afternoon, this could be an issue for students who are still in school. (Becoming a member of the Montgomery Museum of Fine Arts starts at $45 for an individual adult.)

tomandjackEkphrasis’s book for November is: Tom and Jack: The Intertwined Lives of Thomas Hart Benton and Jackson Pollack by Henry Adams.