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Aug 16, 2012

House of Culture and Museum exhibits kid art

Summer is slowly winding down and so are the many camps that sprung up two months ago. To culminate its summer activities, the National Institute of Culture and History (NICH) opened an art exhibit at the House of Culture today. It features impressive pieces by the young camp participants, most of whom have no previous art experience.  According to Shauniece Heusner of the Museum of Belize, the collection is from three different camps held at the museum and the Government House.


Shauniece Heusner, Research and Education, Museum of Belize

“Over the course of the summer, we’ve had four different art classes at the Museum of Belize and the Government House [House of Culture]; all with kids from ages four and up. The art class at the Museum of Belize was intro to art by Miss Gayla Fuller and that was for six weeks. Then the classes here at the Government House were origami by Chia Chi Chiang, water colors by Lucky Chiang and drawing and painting by David Anderson. So at the end of the summer classes, we’ve decided to put together an exhibition for the children—we collaborated—and that’s what we have here today. The parents and the public came out to view the exhibition.”


Delahnie Bain

“So how long will this be opened to the public for others who didn’t make it out to the opening?”


Shauniece Heusner

“We will have it up until—for a week until next week Friday.”


Shauniece Heusner

Delahnie Bain

“Is this the first time that you’ve done this with your summer camp; doing the exhibit?”


Shauniece Heusner

“Usually, we would have separate summer camps and have separate displays or exhibitions but this is the first time we’re collaborating; Museum and the Government House. I mean we’re the same entity, also under NICH but this is the first time we’re actually having an exhibition collaborating.”


Delahnie Bain

“So what do you think of the pieces that you’ve seen considering the ages of these kids?”


Shauniece Heusner

“I will say I’m very impressed because the courses were very short and these are children who, most of them have no art background. They’ve been coming everyday to the classes and they’ve had their ups and their downs but they really impressed us and pulled it off and it’s really beautiful pieces.”


If you’d like to get your child into the NICH summer camps and other monthly programs at the Museum, you can visit or search for them on Facebook.

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