The International Museum of Art & Science will host a virtual back to school week Aug. 3-7. This event will provide school supplies and hands-on art and science projects to school-aged children in the Rio Grande Valley in the form of a free activity kit.
>“The museum serves our community youth as a place of exploration and creativity, which has translated into online programming, live videos and workshops over the past several months,” said IMAS Executive Director Ann Fortescue. “Back to School Week with the IMAS is serving a community need in a fun and engaging informal learning environment.”
Kits for Age Groups
The free kit will include one science lesson, one art lesson, coloring supplies, glue, scissors, writing supplies and more. The museum is preparing a total of 180 kits for distribution at the museum by education staff. Parents and guardians will be able to register for the free kits online or over the phone at 956-681-2800. They may then pick up the kits (via curbside pickup) on designated days before the program occurs virtually.
Grade level groups include toddlers, kinder through 2nd graders, 3rd through 5th graders, middle schoolers, and high schoolers. McAllen Public Utility and the McAllen Public Library, city organizations that the museum collaborates with for education programming, will participate by donating additional supplies for the kits. The event is supported by a grant from the BBVA Foundation.
The week of Aug. 3-7 will feature daily virtual workshops targeted to one of the five grade-level groups. The virtual workshop will lead participants through one of the lessons included in their kit. The workshops take place live on the museum’s social media.