Art Sight

Silvia Karman Cubina and her team at Bass Museum of Art are making sure the next generation of creativity has all the tools they need to take their imaginations to the next level.
Interview by Kaya Baez Photo courtesy of Bass Museum of Art | July 4, 2018 | People

Silvia Karman Cubina
Executive Director/Chief Curator
Bass Museum of Art

What is the IDEA@thebass program?
“The Bass Museum of Art is partnering with Stanford University in a program called IDEA@thebass to use art as a catalyst to promote creativity in young children. We collaborate with teachers by producing materials with images related to our collection and exhibitions. Our goal is not to have them copy existing works of art but to make creations of their own. The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation provided a $240,000 grant through its Knight Arts Challenge to make IDEA@thebass possible. Additionally, an important element of this program is our once-a-month free Family Days where children and their families visit the museum and participate in exciting hands-on workshops.”

Tell us about your role in the program.
“I started as Executive Director of the museum about 18 months ago around the same time as our Board Chairman George Lindemann. His vision was to have a cutting-edge program in the arts whereby children were exposed to art as part of their daily lives, not only on an occasional field trip to the museum. We both visited Stanford University and developed this partnership through their research and methodologies. The Bass Museum recently hired Dr. Adrienne Von Lates to direct the program. In short, my role is to set the direction of the program and make sure all the elements are in place to make it happen.”

How can we help?
“By visiting Bass Museum! And by becoming members! The $8 admission fee of each person who walks through our doors goes directly into our exhibitions and education programs. Besides enabling art to reach more school children, by visiting the Bass Museum visitors experience art, music and after April 29, 2010, the only Egyptian Gallery of art in Florida!”

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