An “Art Baby” of My Own

By: Kathy Kelsey Foley, director on March 13th, 2019

The Woodson Art Museum has been a pioneer in its commitment to programs for babies and toddlers. The start of Toddler Tuesday offerings dates back more than twenty years, although long after my own children were toddlers.

I’ve watched with great delight over the years as hundreds of parents, grandparents, and caregivers have lovingly introduced little ones to the Woodson Art Museum via an array of programs, including Art Babies.

I now have my very own grand baby and although he and his parents don’t live in Wausau, I have — no surprise — indulged him in all sorts of things “art.” Eric Carle board books and a Carnegie Museum of Art “art kitten” onesie were awaiting his arrival, and over the past year I’ve added an Andy Warhol board book trilogy to the mix.

He – and his parents – rewarded me and my husband with his first painting.

We recently celebrated Landon’s first birthday, which included a zoo visit. It was a thrill to be part of this experience, which was likely more meaningful for the adults, although our grandson seemed to take delight in the lions, flamingos, penguins, and monkeys.

I know there will be many more – and regular – visits to museums for our grandson. If he lived here, he’d be a frequent Woodson Art Museum program participant, because good habits start young and Art Babies, Toddler Tuesday, Art Time for Tots, Art 4 You, and Art Kids offer perfect opportunities to introduce children to the world of art and the joys of museum visiting.

Throughout the Cut Up/Cut Out exhibition, on view through June 2, the Woodson Art Museum’s roster is filled with a dynamic array of offerings for all ages. Check out the events calendar on the Museum’s website and follow the Woodson Art Museum on Facebook to ensure your art babies and young friends get in on the action.


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