The Boone Child-at-Heart Gallery

I first started working in the Boone Children’s Gallery several years ago when it was located in LACMA West. The theme of the gallery at the time was Construct, offering the experience of understanding construction, recycling, building, and city planning. It was a big hit: regulars and locals would come daily and weekly to work in our “free art area,” which really drew the crowds. Kids would line up to paint; it was by far one of the most popular activities we had.

With the Boone Gallery’s change of location a few months ago—it’s now adjacent to the Korean galleries inside the Hammer Building—so too did its theme change. I was thrilled to see that the new theme represented and honored the traditions of Korean art by focusing mainly on brush painting. Even more thrilling was finding that the change in venue would also bring about a whole new type of visitor—not just the very young but the young at heart!

What could possibly bring young and old alike together? The simple art of painting. We have teens that come to work on school projects after school, adult artists who stop by to pick up techniques from facilitators, weekly regulars who come to learn particular brush strokes and get demos, and professional painters who leave us pieces to learn from.

All the activities in the gallery are focused around Korean brush painting or crafts related to the Korean arts, and the traditional music that plays in the background really sets a tone. There are lots of children’s books that one can look at to get inspiration and a wall display of art donated by visitors that changes regularly so as to help conjure ideas and techniques. It’s such an irresistible space that passersby on their way to exhibitions seem to stop by to do “just one quick painting.”

The Boone has always been a place where families can spend time together and learn along the way. It’s nice to see that all ages groups can interact, enjoy each other, learn from one another, and become a community family in that sense.

Amber Edwards

4 Responses to The Boone Child-at-Heart Gallery

  1. [...] The Center for Early Education, a not-for-profit school in West Hollywood, invited LACMA’s Education Department to be a part of WoW: Windows on West Hollywood—a project showcasing artwork created in programs serving the families of West Hollywood and Los Angeles. The Boone Children’s Gallery jumped at the chance to be a part of the project and exhibit brush paintings made by kids, teens, families, and adults made at LACMA. [...]

  2. [...] The Center for Early Education, a not-for-profit school in West Hollywood, invited LACMA’s Education Department to be a part of WoW: Windows on West Hollywood—a project showcasing artwork created in programs serving the families of West Hollywood and Los Angeles. The Boone Children’s Gallery jumped at the chance to be a part of the project and exhibit brush paintings made by kids, teens, families, and adults made at LACMA. [...]

  3. Geetha says:

    My seven year old adores going to museums and I often keep a notebook and pens in the car for after visits because he gets the urge to express his own art. The Boone children’s gallery blew me away, it was a perfect ending to our touring. My son and I spent a good 1 1/2 hours there just quietly painting and occasionally talking. The location and the room itself was large, bright and inspiring without being intimidating to children. Very very well done, bravo LACMA!

  4. Thanh says:

    Hello! I’ve been reading your blog for a while now aand finally got the bravery to go ahead and give yoou a shout out
    from Houston Texas! Just wanted to say keep up the
    excellent job!

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