Art Sparks Interactive Family Gallery

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The Laramie L. Leatherman Art Learning Center, colloquially known as the Art Sparks Interactive Family Gallery, is the children's center at the Speed Art Museum in Louisville, Kentucky, United States. The 4,500-square-foot (420 m2) space opened in 1997 to serve as an interactive introduction to art and the museum's collection.

The Interactive Gallery was designed to foster shared and personal memories, and confidence through responsible interactivity by young children within a museum environment.[1]

Critics of interactive learning approaches often say that interactivity over-stimulates children and potentially makes them too excited to absorb the experiences.[2] The gallery includes a balance of "cool," "warm," and "hot" activities which helps families avoid over-stimulation.[3]

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  1. ^ Adams, Mariana; Moreno, Cynthia; Polk, Molly; Buck, Lisa. The Dilemma of Interactive Art Museum Spaces. Art Education (September 2003) 42-52.
  2. ^ Adams, Marianna, Jessica Luke, and Theano Moussouri. "Interactivity: Moving Beyond Terminology," Curator: The Museum Journal, Vol. 47 No. 2, (2004): 155-170.
  3. ^ Adams, M. and T. Moussouri. 'The interactive experience: linking research and practice' Paper presented at the Victoria & Albert Museum International Conference Interactive Learning in Museums of Art and Design, 17–18 May 2002

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