Sometimes it's easy to think all the best of everything cultural
is in the city, but a few organizations in the northern suburbs are
out to change that perception. Do North, a collaboration between
Ravinia Festival, Kohl Children's Museum, Botanic Gardens and
Writers' Theater, wants to let people know there's plenty to do
outside Chicago's city limits.
Recently, Ravinia partnered with Kohl on the museum's music
exhibit, letting each organization bring its own strengths to the
process of fostering a love of music in children.
"Ravinia can provide their expertise with music and we draw the
audience they are trying to reach," said Dave Judy, spokesperson
for the museum. "They have the music education and we have strength
in how kids learn at a young age."
The hands-on "Music Makers" exhibit is one of 17 permanent
exhibits for children ages birth to 8 at the museum.
It is designed to help children discover how sound is created
in a variety of ways, how to recognize different types of sounds
and the physical forces behind them, and how to manipulate melody,
tempo and rhythm.
Plans are still in the works for updating the exhibit, but Judy
says they envision giving the music corner of the museum more of a
"Ravinia" feel by putting in elements from the organization's
outdoor music festivals. "This (music) exhibit is actually one of
the oldest and most well-loved at the museum, so we needed to pay
some attention to it."
As the exhibit is updated, the museum and Ravinia will continue
to provide concerts and instrument petting zoos to provide children
with opportunities to explore music, Judy says.
Liz DeCarlo is the former senior editor at Chicago Parent.
See more of Liz's stories here.
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