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Water Mill's Parrish Art Museum Is Virtually Open: Interactive Online Art Programs Now Available For The Family + Friday Nights Live!

Sydney A. Braat

Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield and Museum Director Terrie Sultan. (Courtesy Photo)

The Parrish Art Museum has launched their fun and interactive online art programs for children and families. Every Tuesday the Water Mill-based Museum will announce the upcoming program of six daily activities, inspired by works in the Parrish collection. These projects will use common materials that are readily available in most homes and can be done as individual or large collaborative works.

"If your family has enjoyed art workshops or Open Studios in the Museum, you'll love our weekly guides to art activities for six days of the week," said Assistant Education Director Jillian Bock. "Doors open or closed, we're here for the community with inspiring, creative ways to experience and make art."

The Museum's education team gathered their thoughts and created meaningful lesson plans that are a culmination of decades of experience. Any member of the community is welcome to download the program guides available on the Parrish website. All projects will remain on the site, creating an archive of art activities.

Parrish Home Art Studios kicked off the third week of March with a two-part project that began with creating a collage color wheel from magazine clippings or colored paper, glue, and scissors. In part two, participants pulled swatches from the color wheel to recreate a painting. In the next project, Experimental Printmaking, students will explore the different types of lines, shapes, and textures that can be created without a paintbrush. The materials needed include plastic cups, cans, and bottle caps. The lesson plans always offer alternatives too.

In addition to the online interactive art program, the Parrish Art Museum will also host Friday Nights Live!, a new weekly program featuring live-streaming, online chat, and prerecorded segments. The series will launch Friday, March 27 with a tour of the 2020 Student Exhibition with Museum Director Terrie Sultan and Education Director Cara Conklin-Wingfield. The new initiative hopes to provide the community with a way to engage with art, artists, and one another by adapting its popular Friday Night programs to the online space, with the new earlier time of 5 p.m.

"Now more than ever we feel it is important to stay connected with our community and show our face—literally," said Corinne Erni, Senior Curator of ArtsReach and Special Projects. "Friday Nights are a tradition at the Parrish, and we want to keep coming together to present great art programs such as talks, panels, and gallery tours with our curators and our artists!"

The program will begin with a live introduction by Sultan followed by the pre-recorded tour of the extraordinary work on view at the Museum. The program concludes with a live Q&A chat with Sultan, Conklin-Wingfield, and the audience. This Gallery Tour & Talk is available to the public, free of charge. To login to Friday Nights Live!, visit the Parrish Art Museum's website on Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m. The video will also be accessible online in the days following the streaming.

The Parrish Art Museum's educational programming is supported, in part, by Milford D. and Janice B. Gerton; the Institute of Museum and Library Services; May and Samuel Rudin Family Foundation; Joseph M. Cohen; Long Island Community Foundation; The John J. McDonnell Margaret T. O'Brien Foundation; Bobbie Braun/The Neuwirth Foundation; The New York State Council on the Arts with the support of Governor Andrew M. Cuomo and the New York State Legislature; Patricia and David Rung; William Talbott Hillman Foundation; and Town of Southampton. Special thanks to the Art Spirit Foundation. Additional support for the Parrish education programs is provided by the Museum's annual Spring Fling and Midsummer Party benefit events, and the Book Club Friends of Martha Scriven Campanella.

To learn more about how you can support the Parrish Art Museum and to view the online streaming programs, visit parrishart.org.

Sydney Braat is a Hamptons-raised and NYC-living journalist. She enjoys splitting her time between the bustling city life and relaxing atmosphere of the Hamptons. When she's not writing, Sydney is traveling. She thrives off of new experiences, cultures, cuisine, and languages. Sydney writes about the arts, philanthropy, food & wine, and shopping. https://www.sosydneyny.com/ sydneybraat

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