celebrating creativity and community

What is Mass Creativity?

Mass Creativity is a series of outreach workshops designed to inspire imagination and creativity, and make hands-on art-making accessible to those that might not otherwise have the opportunity to experience it. Each year the Mass Creativity program consists of complimentary workshops in diverse communities in San Diego that take place throughout May-June and culminate in a free all-day event at the Museum.

Mass Creativity Day 2017
Saturday, June 24
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Mass Creativity 2017

This year will mark Mass Creativity’s 5th year at The New Children’s Museum! We’re celebrating with art-making workshops inspired by discovery, diversity and community. Join our Museum’s Creative Team in these free hands-on workshops where you can celebrate culture and share your story through art and play. And be sure to join us on Saturday, June 24 from 10am-3pm for our FREE all-day Museum event complete with live entertainment, festivities, art-making and more!

For 2017 we are partnering with the following community centers:

Casa Familiar Civic and Recreation Center
Barrio Logan College Institute
The San Diego LGBT Community Center
Solutions for Change
South Bay Community Services at Castle Park Elementary
Southern Sudanese Community Center

Meet our 2017 Mass Creativity Artists

The 2017 Mass Creativity program has been developed and led by Creative Team members, Gabrielle Romberger, Hannah Mykel, Iyari Arteaga and Mayra Chavez. In a collaborative effort combining art and play, the team has developed a unique workshop experience celebrating the diverse communities and families of San Diego. Learn more about these talented individuals below.

Mayra | Teaching Artist

Mayra is a fiber artist whose work is inspired by a childhood growing up in Querétaro, Mexico. Her work consists primarily of embroidery and clothing constructions. Relying heavily on the use of colorful images and motifs, Mayra is inspired by life in her parents’ hometown of Hacienda Blanca. Her memories of the animals and plants in her beloved ranch serve as her artistic muses and can be found all over her work. Mayra received a Bachelor’s of Art in Applied Design from San Diego State University where she was awarded a scholarship for her artwork by the San Diego Creative Weavers Guild. Mayra is currently pursuing a Masters in Art Education through Boston University. Mayra joined the Teaching Artist team of The New Children’s Museum in March of 2015, and has led and assisted with several camp programs since that time.

Gabrielle | Teaching Artist

Gabrielle completed her Bachelor of Arts Degree in Art History from the University of San Diego. During her time in college, she focused on drawing – working with pastels, charcoal, and graphite. Gabrielle also has experience with sewing, painting, carpentry, and sculpture. She has interned at the University of San Diego Galleries as well as the Corcoran Gallery of Art in Washington D.C. where she was the Youth and Family Programs Assistant for Corcoran’s Youth Summer Art Classes and through which she led many of the workshops for kindergarten through twelfth-grade class visits. Gabrielle joined the Teaching Artist team of The New Children’s Museum in fall 2015, and she has since led and assisted with several camp programs.

Hannah | Museum Playworker

Hannah is a Museum Playworker at The New Children’s Museum. Her practice is inspired by her love for play and her desire to build connections among and across communities. Hannah earned her Bachelor of Arts in History of Art and Visual Culture with a Minor in Education from the University of California at Santa Cruz in 2015. Born and raised in San Diego, she moved back after graduating and quickly found an exciting opportunity to try something new and different at The New Children’s Museum. She is constantly seeking new opportunities to experiment with playwork in environments outside of the museum and with communities who are interested in a chance to play for play’s sake. Some of Hannah’s other interests include guerilla gardening and community farming, cats and dogs, commuter biking and exploring San Diego’s many hiking trails at sunrise.

Iyari | Museum Playworker

Iyari is a theater artist, writer and playworker whose work primarily focuses on storytelling and identity.  She has many years of experience performing with her family theater troupe, Teatro Izcalli, and was recently a cast member in the show South of the 8.  Iyari graduated from Cal State Long Beach with a Bachelors in Anthropology and has been a Museum Playworker at the New Children’s Museum since October 2015.  Along with working at the museum, Iyari is also a teaching artist who works with high school students to tell their stories and address social justice issues through theater.

Mass Creativity 2017 is generously funded by: