As we prepare to launch the fourth year of our amazing Mass Creativity program – a series of outreach events that promote and encourage creativity and art-making – we wanted to share a little more information and inside scoop of what this program inspires and creates within our community.

Mass Creativity consists of various complimentary workshops held in diverse communities throughout San Diego County and culminates in a FREE all-day event at the Museum. Through this project, we strive to make art and hands-on art-making activities accessible to audiences that might not otherwise be able to experience it.

This year, the workshops will be led by the Museum’s Creative Team and are inspired by discovery, imagination and creativity. As workshop attendees explore a variety of activities, they’ll be able to create unique flags and wind chimes, design a custom door and construct a magical palace. We have asked our Creative Team to reflect on their experience creating and leading the workshops and write guest posts for our blog and will be posting them throughout the next couple of months.

Kara Baltazar, our Community Programs Coordinator, wrote a blog post for the Institute of Library Sciences in February and used the perfect words to describe the heart and passion behind the Mass Creativity Program:

“Our mission is to stimulate imagination, creativity, and critical thinking in children and families through inventive and engaging experiences with contemporary art. It is our belief that as we implement this mission a change occurs. This is a change in perspective that gives birth to an optimistic outlook. Children grow as they begin to confidently problem solve and collaborate together. Ultimately, a creative spark is born as families play and create together.”

We are so excited to see what that spark of creativity bring us and our community this year!

A special thanks to our Mass Creativity Community Partners, for helping us to create magic:
1) Casa Familiar  – San Ysidro
2) Sherman Heights Community Center / Historic Barrio District – Logan Neighborhoods
3) South Bay Community Services – Chula Vista
4) Southern Sudanese Community Center – City Heights
5) The Museum School – Banker’s Hill
6) The San Diego LGBT Community Center – Hillcrest

Check out a great video from our 2015 Mass Creativity Day and stay tuned for more posts about Mass Creativity and the brand new installation by Wes Sam-Bruce that will be unveiled on Mass Creativity Day 2016:

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