Frederic Remington Art Museum Education Specialist Lauren V. Gilmour kept the Kids Place open on Martin Luther King Day for children in the community who needed a creative outlet.
The Kids Place is open whenever schools are closed for a holiday or a break from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Ms. Gilmour said, to provide a safe place for free expression.
There are always materials on hand, Ms. Gilmour said, gesturing at the roomful of art supplies.
On Martin Luther King Day, brother and sister Cooper and Lexi Stuntz were brought to Kids Place by their father, Conrad.
After seeing paper towel tubes, Cooper was inspired to construct cardboard towers reminiscent of the Middle Ages. By midday he was working on his second tower – a more ambitious construction complete with a large, green roof.
His sister was likewise inspired by the paper towel tubes, but in an entirely different way.
Lexi, with a healthy dose of purple and yellow paint, turned hers into a tropical bird, complete with feathers found in the Kids Place artistic arsenal. In addition to the normal winter operational hours of 3 to 5 p.m. Fridays and 1 to 4 p.m. on weekend days, Kids Place will have several more opportunities for the communitys children to be artistically inspired.
Kids Place will be open with special school holiday hours on Feb. 18 and 22, March 15 and 29, April 1 through 5 and May 27. For each of these days, Kids Place is open from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
There is no admission fee.