Tips for Visiting Art Galleries with Children, Part 1

Many kids might perceive art galleries to be dry, stuffy places, but a rewarding learning experience can be found for those parents who know how to reveal it.

1. Pre-visit Preparation Children might find artwork more interesting if they are prepared to receive it prior to arriving at a gallery. Search online for an art gallery you would like to visit, then research that exhibit hall to find out about the works they have on display. Then, rent books and videos about the artists and their works to read and view with your children.

2. Look, Do Not Touch Children are naturally inclined to touch things that interest them. Sit down with your child before visiting an art gallery, and explain that art is meant to be seen, not touched. You should also talk to them about other museum and gallery faux pas, such as running, shouting, and horseplay.

3. Safe Play Areas Children, especially small ones, will have a tough time keeping their bountiful supply of energy bottled up for their entire visit. While conducting your pre-visit research, look up nearby parks and playgrounds to stop by after the gallery, or as a means of breaking up the gallery visit. Some museums have playrooms on-site.

4. Ask and Receive Questions Children are naturally curious, and should be encouraged to ask questions. Stock up on gallery pamphlets and booklets to consult when your child inundates you with inquiries. Likewise, you can ignite a child’s curiosity by asking them questions.

By Albert Scaglione

 

Park West Foundation and the American Liver Foundation (ALF)

By: Albert Scaglione

My wife Mitsie and I founded the not-for-profit Park West Foundation in 2006, as a way of giving back to the community and assisting those who are less fortunate. In particular, our foundation focuses on young women in foster care who need job training, housing, education, and child care, once they leave the state-financed support system. The Park West Foundation also supports worthy causes such as the Cornerstone Schools in Detroit, Michigan, and the American Liver Foundation (ALF).

Founded in 1976 as an outgrowth of the American Association for the Study of Liver Disease (AASLD), ALF is dedicated to improving the lives of those afflicted by all forms of liver disease. Researching cures is an integral part of ALF’s mission, and it partners with AASLD as the largest combined provider of liver research grants after the U.S. Government. Since 1979, Research Awards Program has administered some $23 million in grants, funding critical research undertaken by more than 750 physicians dedicated to pursuing careers in liver science. The 2010 grants, totaling nearly $1 million, supported advanced research into hepatitis C, acute liver failure, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease, liver cancer, and many other serious conditions.

ALF seeks to raise liver disease awareness, providing free liver disease screenings for at-risk populations, vaccinations, and educational seminars. ALF even operates a toll-free help line at 1-800-GO-LIVER. Advocacy is another important aspect of ALF’s mission, and the organization is often called to testify before the U.S. Congress and state legislatures on issues related to liver disease. In particular, ALF advocates legislation to support increased organ donations. ALF also supports increased needle-exchange programs to decrease the transmission of HIV and hepatitis.

I recommend visiting the American Liver Foundation website at www.liverfoundation.org, and learning how you can contribute. There are also details about requesting a Uniform Donor Card and becoming an organ donor after you have passed on. Another way to contribute is through support of the Park West Foundation, on the Web at www.parkwestgallery.org/philanthropy/foundation.aspx.