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’ve said many times that I love all my children, co-workers, and visitors equally. While true, I have a soft spot for first-time visitors. Little did I know when Wausau Police Department Chief Ben Bliven contacted me prior to the holidays about his plans for community volunteering – #seasonofgiving – and his interest in the Woodson Art Museum, that his visit would not only warm my heart, but also be a “textbook” example of first-time visitor awe and delight.
My fairy godmother waved her wand one last time.
The toddlers that shared in joy, laughter, stories, snacks, and art making during the September 19 Toddler Tuesday are a unique group . . . the last to reap the rewards of the meticulous, disciplined, dedicated, and loving efforts of our dear Mary Kluz.
I have a beloved fairy godmother at the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum. My fairy godmother’s stock-in-trade isn’t pumpkins, mice, ball gowns, and glass slippers. Nor does she brandish a glitter- and sparkle-filled wand.
Each day Woodson Art Museum staff members push themselves to develop fresh ideas to keep exhibitions, events, and workshops – everything we do – new and exciting.
This is a shout out to educational assistant Mary Kluz who for more than 16 years has cut hundreds of shapes, from intricate dinosaurs to simple geometrics, every month for Toddler Tuesday at the Woodson Art Museum. I develop six themed-based patterns . . . it’s Mary who cuts 100… Read More
It’s perhaps cliché to say things like “where’d the summer go?” or “these weeks just flew by!” but I am earnestly shocked by the date on my calendar. Friends and fans of the Woodson Art Museum can imagine our Birds in Art workload during the month of August . .… Read More
Today my son, Alex, graduates from high school. Part of me is sad knowing my little boy is all grown up, but a greater part of me is proud of the young man he has become and the future that is his, to be discovered. Graduation is a time when… Read More