Junior League Donates to New Hands On Gallery!
The Junior League of Sioux City is donating $80,000 to the creation of the new Children’s Hands On! Gallery at the Sioux City Art Center. This donation will fund participatory stations, their fabrication and installation, carpeting and designer fees.
The new Hands On! Gallery will replace the existing hands on area and will be relocated. The original Hands On! Gallery, also a project of the Junior League of Sioux City, opened in 1997. Free and open to the public six days a week, the space enabled Siouxland’s children to experience elements of art through creative hands on activity centers. Since its opening the Hands On! Gallery has been visited by 100,000+ children of all ages, economic backgrounds and ethnicity.
After more than twenty years of operation, the Sioux City Art Center recognized the need for a major renovation of the gallery. A new space of 1,700 square feet was identified. The Junior League of Sioux City stepped forward and pledged the money and volunteers to make this project possible.
Like the previous gallery, the new space will enhance children’s, as well as teenagers’ and adults’ appreciation and understanding of the art in the Art Center. Visitors will explore texture, color and shape at the Noodle Doodle Station, the Everbrite Activity, the Lighten Up! Table, and the Magnet Planet. They can create sculpture at the Block Dock and the Stack Attack stations. The emotional aspect of art can be explored at the What a Yarn exhibit.
Construction of the space begins in April. Heartland Scenic Studio has been retained for the design and fabrication of the gallery and the stations. Heartland is in its 25th year of operation providing design and fabrication of permanent and touring museum exhibits nationwide. Locally, Heartland was involved with the creation of LaunchPad, Sioux City’s Children Museum. The new gallery is expected to be completed mid-summer, 2019.
Additional funding opportunities for hands on activity stations are available to businesses or individuals who are interested in further enhancing the new participatory gallery. Interested parties may contact Rhonda Henry, Committee Chair, (712) 898-5909 or Al Harris-Fernandez, Director, Sioux City Art Center, at (712) 279-6272.