The Brant Foundation Art Study Center Hosts Art and Educational Workshop for New York City Schoolchildren

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The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, a non-profit organization founded by Peter Brant, recently hosted 30 schoolchildren from New York City’s public schools for an interactive day of art.

We appreciate the Brant Foundation Art Study Center hosting us for the day. The kids had a wonderful time touring the space and were completely captivated by the imaginative fantasy world created by artist Karen Kilimnik.

The Brant Foundation Art Study Center, a non-profit organization founded by Peter Brant which promotes education and appreciation of contemporary art and design, recently hosted 30 schoolchildren from New York City’s public schools for an interactive day of art. The field trip was arranged by Manhattan Apparel Project, a social fashion brand that aims to bring art education to local youth regardless of background, means, or gender.

The school children, ranging in age from 6 – 12, arrived at The Brant Foundation for a tour of artist Karen Kilimnik’s works and were asked to draw inspiration from Ms. Kilimnik’s fanciful Chinoiserie room in which her early drawings hang with custom wallpaper, furniture, garden seats, fans and lanterns. The children then ‘curated’ their own art installation by hanging some of Ms. Kilimnik’s paintings on top of their newly created wallpaper.

“We were delighted to host a fun day where children learned about contemporary art in a creative, interactive fashion,” said Allison Brant, director of The Brant Foundation Art Study Center. “Each child had the opportunity to become an artist and curator for a day. We are proud to work with Manhattan Apparel Project on this workshop and hope it inspired some future artists and art lovers.”

“We appreciate the Brant Foundation Art Study Center hosting us for the day. The kids had a wonderful time touring the space and were completely captivated by the imaginative fantasy world created by artist Karen Kilimnik,” said Andrea Fennewald, founder of the Manhattan Apparel Project. “A number of the children had never been to a museum or gallery before, so seeing the space and learning about the artist firsthand was a great experience. As our business grows, we hope to share similar experiences with children in public schools who have limited access to the arts.”

The day concluded with lunch on The Brant Foundation’s lawn and a tour of Jeff Koons’ Puppy - the 43 foot tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland Terrier that sits on the grounds of The Brant Foundation.

About The Brant Foundation:
Peter Brant established The Brant Foundation, Inc. in 1996 and The Brant Foundation Art Study Center opened in 2009. The non-profit organizations, both based in Greenwich, CT, promote education and appreciation of contemporary art and design, by making works available to institutions and individuals for scholarly study and examination. The Brant Foundation Art Study Center presents long-term exhibitions curated primarily from the collection. The collection is remarkable in that scores of artists are represented in depth, including works from the earliest period of their practice through their most recent works. Currently, The Brant Foundation lends works to more than a dozen exhibitions per year.

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