Mennello Museum of American Art presents Day of Art at the Mennello Museum in June

Orlando, FL — April 5, 2018

The Mennello Museum of American Art is hosting Day of Art in June, and we invite elementary, middle, and high school students to explore art and be artful at the museum!

We invite young artists to step inside the museum for a full day of inspiring art projects. The museum is all yours as you learn new methods and make new friends!

Elementary Day of Art will be held on Monday, June 4, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Elementary students will create large-scale abstract sculptures, paint with watercolors and oil pastels and learn how to draw the world around them. Students will be led by art teacher extraordinaire, Melissa Rudge.  Rudge is a visual arts teacher with Orange County Public Schools. She has been working in the arts industry for seven years. Before moving to Orlando, she served the Peace Corps as an art teacher in Ghana.

Middle and High School Day of Art will be held on Monday, June 11, from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Middle and High School students will be inspired to use their environment to create mixed media prints, kinetic sculptures, and acrylic landscapes. Students will also create poetry and trade artist cards with new friends inspired by the environment. Lessons will be led by teaching artist and educator, Jolie Spelman. Spelman is currently a Fine Arts and Performing Arts teacher at Bishop Moore Catholic High in Orlando. She exhibits her work locally and teaches adult and children’s art workshops.

Day of Art at the Mennello Museum is open to elementary, middle and high school students. Registration is open now and space is limited. Early registration is encouraged.

Educational programming at the Mennello Museum of American Art delivers access to captivating American art of all genres through permanent collections, as well as renowned curated and temporary exhibitions. In addition to our most popular program, Free Family Funday, the museum brings art studies that present the permanent collection of outstanding Earl Cunningham paintings directly into the classroom through Art Trunks on The Go: Safe Place Space. The Mennello Museum of American art also works closely with Women in the Arts for Community School of the Arts at The Museum, hosts art-focused film screenings, and is launching a summer program for elementary, middle and high school students this year, Day of Art. Whether through lectures given by world-renowned and established artists the likes of Alice Aycock and Bo Bartlett, docent-guided tours for school-aged groups or seniors, or Boy and Girl Scout badge fulfillments with arts projects, the  Museum’s workshops and special programming are designed to make personal connections to exhibitions and exploration of artistic methods. We endeavor to engage all individuals who come through the doors in participatory learning of the visual arts. We seek to advance their confidence in discussions around the exhibitions and inspire creativity in personal life and art making.

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About the Museum
The Mennello Museum of American Art, owned and operated by the City of Orlando, is located on the beautiful shore of Lake Formosa in Orlando’s Loch Haven Cultural Park. The museum provides residents and visitors welcoming opportunities to understand and value creativity through innovative experiences with art further connecting it to nature and communal gathering. Our goal is to encourage creative and diverse experiences with art that nurtures audiences while reflecting the dynamic relationship between art and society.  In addition to housing the permanent collection of folk modernist Earl Cunningham, the museum presents temporary exhibitions that feature a broad range of American art from traditional to contemporary practices.

The museum’s unique mission enhances our cultural offerings by offering all in our community the opportunity to learn, engage, and come together in a welcoming environment that explores broader notions of American Art and the role museums have in our changing society.

The Mennello Museum of American Art endeavors to preserve, exhibit, and interpret our outstanding permanent collection of paintings by Earl Cunningham. The Mennello Museum of American Art also seeks to enrich the public through temporary exhibitions, programs, educational initiatives, and publications that celebrate other outstanding traditional and contemporary American art and artists across a broad range of disciplines to reflect the rich diversity of American art, while making it accessible to all. The Museum also shares extraordinary works of American art donated by our founders, the Honorable Marilyn Logsdon Mennello and Michael A. Mennello.

The vision of the Mennello Museum of American Art is to be a distinguished and thriving institution that will build on its City of Orlando base of support through strong board and community relationships resulting in an improved operating environment and a reputation for being a local and national treasure.

The Mennello Museum is located at 900 E. Princeton Street, Orlando, FL 32803.

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The exhibitions and the Mennello Museum of American Art are generously supported by the City of Orlando and Friends of The Mennello Museum of American Art. Additional funding is provided by Orange County Government through the Arts & Cultural Affairs Program and United Arts of Central Florida. Sponsored in part by the State of Florida, Department of State, Division of Cultural Affairs and the Florida Council on Arts and Culture.

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Francesca Ascione
Marketing & Graphic Design Coordinator
The Mennello Museum of American Art and Public Art, City of Orlando