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New series of Museum Art Adventures for ages six to 12 begins on June 14 & 17
POSTED: 05/26/2017
Join a practicing artist for art adventures as seen through history’s lens during a new series of programs being presented this summer by the Johnson County Museum.

This series is called Museum Art Adventures and is for ages six to 12. Each session will focus on experimenting with new art techniques and materials. Participants are guided through the process as they learn about the art and history of each theme. Projects change monthly and are connected to the museum’s permanent, temporary, or KidScape exhibitions. This is a drop-off class, but parents are welcome to stay.

June Museum Art Adventures have the theme Route 66 Signs, after the museum's temporary exhibit, "Get Your Kicks on Route 66." Participants can be inspired by images of motels and diners along Route 66 and create their own mixed-media sign! This programs is being presented twice: once on Wednesday, June 14, and again on Saturday, June 17.

July programs will have the theme Cadillac Ranch Inspired Sculpture. Participants will learn the history of Cadillac Ranch sculpture and other roadside oddities and create their own version of this impressive artwork using miniature cars and other materials! This program will be presented on July 12, and July 15.

In August, the theme is Before and After Drawing. Working with reproduced photos from the museum’s collection, young artists will experiment with exhibiting artist Natalie Slater’s idea of creating interactive photography illustrating Route 66’s changes over time with transparencies, markers and paint! This program will be presented on Aug. 9, and Aug. 12.

To find these programs in the My JCPRD Activities catalog and online listings, browse first under youth and then under fine & performing arts. In the printed catalog and when using the website’s advanced search, look for the keyword “art.” To register for these programs by phone, call (913) 831-3359 or register online at

These programs all take place beginning at 1 p.m. at the Johnson County Arts & Heritage Center, located in the former King Louie Building at 8788 Metcalf Ave., Overland Park. The cost for each one-hour program is $13 per person, and museum members are $9. This cost includes admission to the museum and the new and expanded KidScape experience.

These programs are also eligible for credit in the Mindfulness dimension for the JCPRD U holistic wellness program for participants ages three to 18. Participants can complete Achievement Classes (similar to academic grade levels) and earn Achievement Badges and Awards. To register for JCPRD U, call Nathan at (913) 826-2950.

The Johnson County Museum is a department of the Johnson County Park & Recreation District. The My JCPRD Activities catalog, with information and a registration form, is available for pickup at all Johnson County Library branches

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