140 year of Shriners

140 year of Shriners

Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Crocker Art Museum Exhibits Works by Young Artists

Shriners Hospital patients put their visions of music on paper.
MORE THAN 20 DRAWINGS, paintings and collages by young artists from Shriners Hospitals for Children® – Northern California will be on display at the Crocker Art Museum this summer. See the Music, Hear the Art is the title of the exhibit inspired by the Sacramento Philharmonic and 
open to the public July 3 – August 26 at the Crocker, located at 216 O Street in downtown Sacramento.

The works by Shriners Hospital patients were inspired by Julian Dixon, Director of Education and Community Engagement for the Sacramento Philharmonic Orchestra, who led art workshops in the Shriners Hospital School earlier this year. 

The children attending school at the hospital created artwork in various mediums while Dixon played his tuba and shared his vision of the music with the children. “The schoolroom came to life when Julian visited,” said Margaret Kugler, coordinator of the school program at the Northern California Shriners 

“Children who come to Shriners Hospital attend our on-site school as part of their daily routine. While it is important that they keep up with core curriculum, it also is important for them to learn to engage in new experiences,” said Kugler. “Julian’s workshops were true exercises in creativity as the children worked to put their visions of the music on paper.  Those who attend the exhibit will see imagination at work,” she added.

The purpose of the Sacramento Philharmonic’s See the Music, Hear the Art program is to enable children in hospitals, transitional housing and shelters to create art inspired by listening to great works of music. Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California was one of four sites participating in the 2012 program.  
Other See the Music, Hear the Art participants included Loaves & Fishes’ Mustard Seed School, Sacramento Area Emergency Housing Center Mather Community Campus, and Women Escaping a Violent Environment (WEAVE).  Artistic interpretations by children at each of the participating organizations are included in the special exhibit at the Crocker Art Museum. 

To learn more about how you can join Shriners Hospitals for Children – Northern California in building a caring community, please call the Public & Community Relations Office at 916-453-2018 or send email to ncal.info@shrinenet.org.
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