Telfair Museums to open a new children’s art museum at the Jepson Center

Telfair Museums is pushing its “Telfair for All” strategic plan to new heights.

The museum has announced plans to open a Children’s Art Museum (CAM) at the Jepson Center in the spring of 2023.

With the introduction of their free admission program in march and partnership with Live Oak Public Libraries which gives library card holders the opportunity to visit Telfair museums free of charge with their membership, their main objective has been to broaden access to museums for residents and tourists and to make Telfair museums a place for all.

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While the Jepson Center has presented interactive children’s art exhibits for years, the Children’s Art Museum is the next building block in that vision, creating an entire space that will give children a chance to explore their creativity and enhance their learning.

“The Telfair Children’s Art Museum will address a significant need identified through our strategic planning process to provide an updated museum experience that provides our members, visitors and local school communities with transformative learning experiences for all ages and styles. of learning using modern technologies, immersive environments, and low-tech, hands-on activities,” said Benjamin Simons, Executive Director and CEO of Telfair Museums.

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“The new children’s art museum will also be a major attraction for the thousands of visitors to our region, as well as local families and schoolchildren seeking educational experiences that meet the needs and expectations of contemporary audiences. “

Partnership with Fren Inc.

The museum has partnered with local design firm, Fren Inc., to transform the side of the Jepson Center facing W. Oglethorpe Ave. into a children’s museum.

The Jepson Center has long focused on blending art and technology, as evidenced by its multitude of galleries and exhibitions that embrace the growing relationship between the two mediums, and Fren Inc. is not new. with the idea of ​​creating a space that integrates the arts. with technology. The company was behind the Sunshine Park and Healing Garden at Dwaine & Cynthia Willett Children’s Hospital in Savannah, which features an interactive digital wall, sensory play boat, musical instruments and a flower garden .

Guests will enter the art museum through an informative tunnel gallery that serves as an entrance to state-of-the-art technology and activity stations. Other prominent galleries include a family lounge, toddler area, and a suite of immersive and interactive spaces.

A rendering of the new Children's Art Museum (CAM) Telfair Museums plans to open at the Jepson Center in 2023.

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Fren Inc. CEO Stephen Nottingham said the central focus of the museum is art exploration, which will encourage children and visitors of all ages to immerse themselves in the world of art through the storytelling, digital and tactile interactions and immersive artistic landscapes.

“Fren is poised to unite Telfair Museums with purposeful design and technology to create an extraordinary children’s art museum experience that will inspire the next generation of our future leaders and produce results that will enrich the experience of museum visitors. Telfair for the regional community and beyond,” Nottingham said.

Develop arts education

A rendering of the new Children's Art Museum (CAM) Telfair Museums plans to open at the Jepson Center in 2023.

The Children’s Art Museum is another signal that the popular trio of museums not only want to serve as a tourist destination, but also as a community gathering place.

The museum, when completed, will be one of the few activity-oriented spaces specifically for inner-city children. And with the Telfair Museum keen to relaunch its excursion program after a downturn in the pandemic, the museum can serve as a tool for educators to expand learning and arts education.

A group of students from Savannah practice VTS learning at the Jepson Center.

“At Telfair, we believe it is essential to engage young people early in art and creative activities by providing them with opportunities that help them learn to look at art to develop their visual thinking skills. , and which encourage them to explore their own creativity,” said Harry DeLorme, Director of Education and Senior Curator of Telfair Museums.

Laura Nwogu is a quality of life reporter for Savannah Morning News. Contact her at [email protected] Twitter: @lauranwogu_

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