Downtown amazes me. It certainly isn’t the dingy, ill-repaired nest of my youth. Yesterday, my daughter and I ventured to the Kentucky Museum of Arts and Craft on Main Street and marveled at the tree-lined streets, blossoms cascading to the sidewalk. A few families strolled from one museum to the other--Frazier, KMAC, The Ali Museum, 21 C, The Louisville Slugger Museum, even the Yum Center--the transformation to an intended bustling metropolis is evident.
But as we entered the KMAC, paid the $6 for the drop-in Spring Break Craft Workshop and made our way to the third floor, I kept wondering where are all the people? The saying is “If you build it, they will come” and it’s built! The KMAC is sparse, but the programs offered and the gift shop are impressive. My 3-year-old created a nice handful of polymer clay beads yesterday in the workshop led by a patient and crafty museum instructor. She rolled out the clay, flattened it in various pasta makers, combined colors, and hand-cut beads--for six bucks. She loved it (and so did I) and her necklace is one-of-a-kind.
Each day this week, KMAC offers drop-in craft workshops from 1-4:00 p.m.: Painting (April 6), Puppets (April 7), and Collagraph/Printmaking (April 8). While it was lovely having plenty of space and materials to use, I sure hope Louisvillians will think of heading downtown to partake in one of these workshops, then visit another unique gem of Louisville. On Tuesday, I took the kids to the Frazier, and only saw four other families the entire time we were there. The museums need you, Louisville, if not, they could disappear.
If you’d like to make it an art-themed day in the city, start the day with a visit to the Speed Museum for their “Spring Into Impressionism” workshop. April 6, 7, and 8, from 10:30-1:00, families can drop-in and according to a press release, “Use oil pastels to render a landscape straight from your imagination while viewing Impressionist works.” The program is free with general admission.
Get out of the ‘burbs and explore the city, families! Make art in our beautiful metro, and help our town thrive.