Art, Creative Thinking, K-12

Little Free Art Gallery

By now most of us are familiar with the “Little Free Libraries” that have popped up all over. Often located in structures that look similar to large birdhouses, these publicly accessible boxes provide books to anyone interested. Their motto is, “Take a book, share a book,” and the organization began as one solution to combat illiteracy.

Stacy Milrany of Seattle, Washington, decided to adapt that concept to art. You can read the details of her story in this article by Cathy Free at The Washington Post. Her miniature gallery, complete with tiny art patrons, is set up in front of her home, and people are encouraged to add art and take what they love.

Imagine applying this idea at a school! Students love to create for authentic audiences, and this would be a joyful way for the community to celebrate and and encourage creative endeavors. It is similar to the concept of an Art Drop that I described in this post, but would be isolated to one spot 365 days a year. And, of course, there would be the added constraint of diminutive canvases.

Let me know if you try this, or have tried this, in the comments below!

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