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Create It Kit

What is a Create It Kit?

One hundred years ago, the Cleveland Museum of Art opened its doors to the public “for the benefit of all the people forever.” To celebrate its centennial year, the museum hosted a series of exhibitions and loans, special programming and celebrations. In an effort to cap off its centennial year and to begin the next 100 years by investing in children, the museum has partnered with school districts in Cuyahoga County to provide special centennial Create It Kits to every third grader. The Create It Kits were designed in partnership with Cleveland’s own American Greetings to help children connect to the museum’s collection through a creativity journal, art supplies and a free Art Explorers children’s membership to the museum. Use #Createitkit to share you and your family’s creativity on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram! 

For more information on how to talk about art, drawing, and visiting the museum with your family, click here!

What’s in a Create It Kit?

The materials in the kits help children discover their inner artist and connect with the museum’s collection in countless ways. Each kit includes:

  • the Get Creative book, which encourages and teaches drawing skills and play;
  • art cards that teach about artwork in the museum’s collection;
  • DIY green paper glasses inspired by a portrait of Nathaniel Olds by Jeptha Homer Wade in the museum’s collection;
  • information about the free Art Explorers children’s membership to the museum;
  • and art supplies, including colored pencils, two drawings pencils with an eraser, a pencil sharpener and one pen.

Why creativity?

There are many reasons to encourage creative expression in children, including:

  • being creative and making art help children develop mental, social, and emotional skills;
  • drawing and painting improve fine motors skills;
  • creating portraits encourages connections to personal identity and connections to the world: self-portraits make a child look inward, while family portraits make a child look outward to define themselves and their family;
  • making art boosts self-confidence and the desire for self-expression;
  • and talking about the fundamentals of art, including shapes, colors and lines, develops communication skills.
  • Moreover, making art, talking about art, and visiting art museums create joyful memories that last a lifetime.