Kohl's expands support at Milwaukee Art Museum making admission free for kids

MILWAUKEE, Wis. (CBS 58) – The Milwaukee Art Museum just announced that Kohl’s is expanding its support for kids at the Museum by underwriting free admission for all kids ages 12 and under, as well as adding daily hands-on activities to the Museum’s offerings.

Starting November 1, the hands-on Kohl’s Art Generation Studio at the Milwaukee Art Museum will be open every day the Museum is open—from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (until 7 p.m. on Thursdays)—extending the opportunity for families to make art together. The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio offers a different theme and projects each month inspired by the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions.

The theme for the month of November, Follow the Line, takes inspiration from the Museum’s exhibition Degas to Picasso: Creating Modernism in France. Families will sketch figures, use a printing press, and experiment with chalk pastels, charcoal and watercolors.

“The Kohl’s Art Generation Open Studio has always been a family favorite,” said Emily Sullivan, the Milwaukee Art Museum’s Director of Youth and Family Programs. “It’s a great way to learn about art and it’s fun for both kids and grownups. And now, thanks to Kohl’s, they can make art together every day.”

The Kohl’s Art Generation Studio is part of the popular Kohl’s Art Generation program at the Milwaukee Art Museum. Since 2008, Kohl’s has partnered with the Museum to provide creative, hands-on art experiences to families at the Museum, as well as throughout the community with Kohl’s Color Wheels.

The Kohl’s Art Generation program, free with Museum admission, is geared towards families with kids 12 and under, and includes:

  • Kids get in free!
    Museum admission is free for kids 12 and under every day the Museum is open (when accompanied by an adult; open to visitors from any location, excludes school tours)
  • Kohl’s Art Generation Studio
    Families can drop by and make art inspired by the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions. There’s a new theme every month, and the projects are always changing.
  • Kohl’s Art Generation Family Touch Tour
    Families can explore the Museum through games and videos, and take an art selfie! Tours are available to check out at the Museum, or the app is available for free from the App Store and Google Play Store.
  • Story Time in the Galleries
    Every Saturday, for our younger visitors, families can hear a story that relates to a work of art in the Museum, and then make a drawing inspired by what they’ve seen and heard. Stories in November include When Pigasso Met Mootise, I Don’t Draw, I COLOR!,DRAW! and The Quilt.
  • Kohl’s Art Generation Family Sundays
    Five times per year, the entire Museum turns into an art studio with hands-on activities, performances, visiting artists, family tours and more. The next event, Deck the Walls, is on December 3.
  • Kohl’s Art Generation Lab: Haitian Art
    Families can immerse themselves in the art and culture of Haiti, learning about the importance of community, family and more through music, photography and a variety of hands-on activities. Open during Museum hours.
  • Kohl’s Color Wheels
    The Museum’s off-site studio program visits schools and festivals to provide hands-on art activities in the community throughout the year, inspired by the Museum’s Collection and special exhibitions. Upcoming events include the Milwaukee Winter Farmers Market at The Domes on November 11 and Holiday Folk Fair at the State Fair Park Expo Center on November 17-19.
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