May 2021 - Page 28


Reimagining Art and Play

The New Children ’ s Museum Opens After Year of Closure

Energized Mural with Regan Russell

To the delight of children all over San Diego , including its 7,000-member families , The New Children ’ s Museum will reopen this month after being closed for more than a year ( public opening on May 21 with early access for members beginning May 7 ). Throughout its prolonged closure , the Museum focused its efforts on the needs of the community , providing virtual art experiences online and delivering art supplies and activities to tens of thousands of children through its school visit and community partner programs .

The Museum also continued its ongoing work with contemporary artists - the core of its mission and what makes it different from other children ’ s museums . Two colorful murals were completed during the closure , in addition to collaboration on several new installations that will open later this year .
The 28 ' x 13 ' mural Energized by Regan Russell ( October , 2020 ) covers the large windows of the Museum ’ s makerspace , the Rosso Family Foundation Innovators LAB , which faces Front Street and is visible from the outside as well as inside the Museum . Russell explored color , light and visual communication for the mural , which adapts the movement of the sun to create a vibrant color dance around the Museum .
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