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Kenan-Flagler Discovery Gallery

As befits an institution of higher learning, the Frost Art Museum has a deep commitment to education, both within Florida International University and throughout the wider South Florida community. With a longstanding tradition of educational programming, we look to the new 46,000 square foot facility as an unprecedented opportunity to expand our offerings.

A centerpiece of the new Frost Art Museum, the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery & Museum terrace will welcome families, students and guests with activities designed to educate and entertain. The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery will be an integral part of every visit to the Frost Art Museum. There will be exhibits that are high-tech as well as low-tech, exhibits that allow for individual exploration and others that require group interaction, exhibits that encourage physical activity and others for quiet contemplation. In the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery, visitors will be able to build a modern sculpture with large interlocking shapes, use a touch screen monitor to create a self portrait, create patterns using the theory of positive and negative space, experience the printmaking process through a series of rubbings on low relief metal shapes or collaborate with a friend on a drawing using a transparent easel.

Grounded in the belief that hands-on activities help children learn, this interactive gallery adds a new dimension to the Museum visit and will provide a powerful experience for parents and children working together. Through our educational publications and the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery, we will guide families through the arts and the Museum’s collection. We hope to make the museum experience more enjoyable and to engage the viewer by providing information and posing questions that promote creative thinking and observation.

The Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery will be only one facet of the Museum’s educational offerings. The Frost Art Museum will strengthen its position as a major cultural force within the FIU, Miami, and South Florida communities by offering educational opportunities beyond its galleries and exhibitions. With the opening of the new facilities, the Museum will have the ability to develop summer camps, family days, youth programs and volunteer opportunities, as well as expand our successful guided tour programs, scholastic exhibitions and teacher workshops. Many educational programs will take place beyond the glass walls of the Kenan-Flagler Family Discovery Gallery. Overlooking the beautiful natural landscape of the FIU campus, the Kenan-Flagler Museum Terrace will provide a large outdoor space that allows children to work on “messy” activities while the Steven & Dorothea Green Auditorium can be set up as a space for art-making projects, lectures, play activities and performances.

A generous gift of the William R. Kenan Jr. Charitable Trust will make our vision a reality







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