Next event is an exciting public fun folding and creation of a GIANT Heart at The Living Arts and Science Center:
Thursday, February 2nd, 6-8pm 0n MLK BLVD in Lexington; please join us for family fun!
In September, teen mothers at The Family Care Center learned the KidsArt4Hearts origami hearts, health messages, and made a group work of art for their beautiful facility on Wednesday September 14th.
In August, we shared the KidsArt4Hearts curriculum within a set of origami lessons at the Sanders-Brown Center on Aging at the University of Kentucky. The health curriculum and heart shape in KidsArt4Hearts is one week of 8 weeks of origami class training.
The origami class is part of a pilot research project with Dr. Gregory Jicha, Dr Shani Bardoch, and Tyler Hammond on "Brain Exercises for Synaptic Training." (the B.E.S.T. Trial) This study compares the experiences of seniors ages 65-80 in 8 weeks of weekly origami classes with daily homework, taught by Dr Sylvia Cerel-Suhl, to those in a reading group supervised by Mr Hammond, and to controls, people who continue their usual activities. The effects on memory and the parts of the brain regulating spatial relations, memory, and executive function are being examined by testing before and after the 8 weeks with interviews, tests, and EEG brain scans.
In July, KidsArt4Hearts was happy to share our curriculum and messages with museum educators, teachers and members of the public at the Headley-Whitney Museum.
In rolling horse country, outside beautiful Lexington, Kentucky, the Headley-Whitney was showing two exhibitions :"Vision 20:200," art by award winning "legally blind" artists, and " Sense of Touch," a hands on experiential exhibit. Our 2 hour program tied the KidsArt4Hearts program to these concepts and exhibits.
The 2016 Origami USA Convention- June 17-20 in New York was a wonderful opportunity to learn from colleagues from around the country and world.
Dr Cerel-Suhl taught a class at Origami USA with the KidsArt4Hearts Curriculum for teachers and students of all ages from elementary school to retirees. We were also able to collect hearts for the big Heart of Hearts from participants from around the USA and from UK and Europe.
We made a giant Heart from 9' x9' paper in a team competition.
Family FUN at the Headley-Whitney Museum on Saturday, July 30th, 1-3 pm.
We created a group collaborative art work for display in the special exhibit Sense of Touch after experiencing the exhibits and learning our KidsArt4Hearts origami hearts.