Wednesday, February 6, 2013
by Jayna Hintz, curator of education
The A.C. Kiefer Educational Center is a 4K and early childhood center that supports families and enhances development of 3- to 5-year-old children and takes family field trips in the Wausau community to model teaching skills for parents and ways to integrate classroom curriculum into daily life. Each month, A.C. Kiefer teachers Lori Kurszewski and Maria Hachfeld invite early childhood students and their families to join them in visiting sites such as the Woodson Art Museum.
As a museum educator, I have enjoyed meeting the A.C. Kiefer students, families, and teachers. It’s always exciting to meet first-time visitors who “didn’t know we existed” or weren’t even aware that the Woodson Art Museum “allowed children.” These participants learn that we love children and visitors of all ages. I look forward to greeting these families as return visitors; they affirm that the Woodson Art Museum fosters an atmosphere of sensitivity, understanding, and acceptance.