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Silvia Karman Cubina and her team at
Bass Museum of Art are making sure
the next generation of creativity has
all the tools they need to take their
imaginations to the next level.
Interview by K aya Baez
Photo courtesy of Bass Museum of Art
Silvia Karman Cubina
Executive Director/Chief Curator
Bass Museum of Art
What is the IDEA@thebass program?
“The Bass Museum of Art is partnering with Stanford
University in a program called IDEA@thebass to use art
as a catalyst to promote creativity in young children. We
collaborate with teachers by producing materials with images
related to our collection and exhibitions. Our goal is not to
have them copy existing works of art but to make creations
of their own. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
provided a $240,000 grant through its Knight Arts Challenge
to make IDEA@thebass possible. Additionally, an important
element of this program is our once-a-month free Family
Days where children and their families visit the museum and
participate in exciting hands-on workshops.”
Tell us about your role in the program.
“I started as Executive Director of the museum about 18
months ago around the same time as our Board Chairman
George Lindemann. His vision was to have a cutting-edge
program in the arts whereby children were exposed to art
as part of their daily lives, not only on an occasional field
trip to the museum. We both visited Stanford University
and developed this partnership through their research
and methodologies. The Bass Museum recently hired Dr.
Adrienne Von Lates to direct the program. In short, my role
is to set the direction of the program and make sure all the
elements are in place to make it happen.”
How can we help?
“By visiting Bass Museum! And by becoming members!
The $8 admission fee of each person who walks through
our doors goes directly into our exhibitions and education
programs. Besides enabling art to reach more school
children, by visiting the Bass Museum visitors experience
art, music and after April 29, 2010, the only Egyptian
Gallery of art in Florida!”
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