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Families visiting the Art Institute will find more areas just
for children with the recent opening of the Patrick G. and Shirley
W. Ryan Education Center in the museum's new Modern Wing. The
center occupies the first floor of the wing and doubles the size of
the area previously designated for children and family
"We always have family activities throughout the year and this
just adds on to it," says Chai Lee, the museum's associate director
of public affairs. Movers and Makers, a workshop that combines
dance, storytelling and drop-in art activities, launches as part of
the new programming. The new space enables the museum to increase
educational activities by 30 percent and accommodate more than
1,500 children a day.
With the education center's free admission, new children's
programs and prime view of Chicago's skyline and Millennium Park,
museum administrators hope to attract many families.
Visit the new kids' exhibition, "Picture Perfect: Art from
Caldecott Award Books, 2006-2009," at the Curious Corner. The
center opened to the public May 16.
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