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World Awareness Children’s Museum Documents Pandemic Through Students’ Eyes

March 04, 2021 3:42 PM | Megan Eves (Administrator)

Glens Falls, NY – World Awareness Children’s Museum announces its partnership with ten schools and districts for a project titled “COVID-19 & Me: Changes in My World,” to document the pandemic through student-made art. This project is made possible by the generous contributions of Dr. Judith Mysliborski, The Touba Family Foundation, and Blick Art Materials, and is led by the museum’s Executive Director Bethanie Muska Lawrence and Curator of Collections & Exhibitions Russell Serrianne, with help from independent curator Jenny Hutchinson.


Participating Schools:

-       Governor’s Ranch Elementary School, Littleton, Colorado

-       Midlands Arts Conservatory, Columbia, South Carolina
-       Landmark School, Beverly, Massachusetts
-       Hadley-Luzerne Junior/Senior High School, Lake Luzerne, New York
-       Odyssey Charter Junior/Senior High School, Palm Bay, Florida
-       Park County School District #16, Meeteetse, Wyoming
-       Pascack Valley High School, Hillsdale, New Jersey
-       Tséhootsooí Middle School, Fort Defiance, Arizona
-       Glens Falls City Schools, Glens Falls, New York
-       Hawthorne Christian Academy, Hawthorne, New Jersey

The goal of this project is to document the pandemic through children’s eyes. Participating students will create and display art that allows them to reflect on and process their experiences with the changes the COVID-19 pandemic has made in their lives. The project will culminate in virtual and physical art exhibits, featuring new artworks created by students in Kindergarten through 12th Grade. At least 50 of these new works will be accessioned into the museum’s extensive International Youth Art Collection. All art submitted to this initiative will be featured in an online virtual exhibition on the museum’s website so students can see that they are not alone in their experiences with the pandemic. Participating schools and selected artists will be featured in a special magazine edition produced by the museum and available in print and online.

“We believe that art helps us understand the world better and helps us process difficult times,” said Ms. Lawrence. “We hope this art project will help students explore and process the pandemic’s effect on their lives and see that, though they might be physically distanced from each other, they are not alone in their experiences.”


About World Awareness Children’s Museum

The World Awareness Children’s Museum has been a NYS Designated Charter Museum since 1995 with a mission to inspire curiosity and foster understanding and appreciation of worldwide cultural diversity by bringing our diverse world to children. Its collection is comprised of pieces from 140 countries including 8,000+ artifacts (fashion, musical instruments, dolls, toys, and other objects) as well as 7,000+ pieces of international children’s art. World Awareness Children’s Museum is a 501(c)(3) organization. For more information, visit




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