2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour: Stop #11

You can support reading and language development while you tour ArtPrize without creating anxiety for struggling readers. Here’s the next phase of our ArtPrize for Kids: Language Connections Guide for 2012. Thanks again to our friends at grkids.com for the work done on creating the Tour!

Here are picks from Stop #11 of the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour . For each, we’ve added some language prompts for building those neural pathways for all ages. I’ve also put some notes for some questions in brackets [ ] after. Feel free to comment with your responses, a child’s response or additional questions – and ENJOY!

#11: St. Cecilia Music Center
24 Ransom Ave. NEGrand Rapids, MI 49503

Some overall questions for this stop:

  • Have you ever visited St. Cecilia’s before?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop alike?
  • How are the exhibits at this stop different?
  • How is this stop alike or different from the stops we’ve already visited?

Variety of Puppet Vignettes in G Major

“Official” performances will be daily at 1pm, 3pm, 5pm, and 7pm through at least Sept. 30.

  • A vignette [vin-yet] is a short essay or scene. These are scenes with puppets. G major is a musical chord. What do you think this performance will be like?
  • Have you seen puppets before?
  • What emotions could you see on the faces of the puppets? How do you think the puppeteer made that happen?
  • Have you ever put on a puppet show?
  • How were the vignettes the same? How were they different?
  • How might you have done them differently?
  • Do this remind you of any stories you know?


Follow-up activities could include looking up information on puppets or live performance; writing a story that could have fit in as one of the vignettes; describing this entry to someone who wasn’t there with you.

Try this at home!


Encouraging Storytelling (in the right context!)

Next: Grand Rapids Children’s Museum, Stop #12 on the 2012 Kids’ ArtPrize Tour

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