“I wish I could do this all day long.” — Ashanti, age 7
“Sometimes I have a hard time sitting still, but never when I come to Kidspace!” — Connor, age 10
The ArtBar is now open on weekends and during school breaks.
Kidspace is a child-centered art gallery and hands-on studio presenting exhibitions and educational experiences in collaboration with leading artists. The program focuses on contemporary social issues and expanding notions of art and art materials. Artists are selected for the educational and artistic merit of their work and their ability to connect to children (and adults). Exhibitions have featured renowned artists from around the world including Long-Bin Chen, Devorah Sperber, Portia Munson, Lisa Hoke, Willie Birch, Gajin Fujita, Tim Rollins and K.O.S., Roger Shimomura, Ran Hwang, Nick Veasey, and Nick Cave. Explore past Kidspace exhibitions here.
Wendy Red Star’s Apsáalooke: Children of the Large-Beaked Bird is on view now.
The ArtBar is a hands-on studio space located in Kidspace. Families are invited to drop in to make art that is thematically connected to current MASS MoCA exhibitions. The ArtBar is open to the public on weekends and during school breaks. Admission to Kidspace and the ArtBar is always free.
Kidspace at MASS MoCA received the prestigious 2009 Distinguished Community Arts Collaborative Award, given by the Massachusetts Alliance for Arts Education collaborative division of the National Arts and Learning Collaborative.
Core education funding is provided by the W.L.S. Spencer Foundation.
Education at MASS MoCA is made possible in part by Samantha and Daniel Becker; Joyce Bernstein and Lawrence Rosenthal; John B. DeRosa; The Feigenbaum Foundation; Timur Galen and Linda Genereux; MountainOne; National Endowment for the Arts; the Ruth E. Proud Charitable Trust; The Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation; and Holly Swett.
Additional support is provided by anonymous (2); James Attwood and Leslie Williams; Berkshire Bank; Berkshire Taconic Community Foundation from the following funds: The Cooper Meadow Fund, The Gateway Fund, and The William J. and Margery S. Barrett Fund; Guido’s Fresh Marketplace; the Arthur I. and Susan Maier Fund, Inc.; Mass Cultural Council; and Bessie Pappas Charitable Foundation.
The Milton and Dorothy Sarnoff Raymond Foundation gives in memory of Sandy and Lynn Laitman.