Family Day at the Harn Melanie galvis

Family Day at the Harn Museum included an age- appropriate tour through the “Meant to be Shared” exhibition and an art making activity where volunteers guided the families through printmaking picture inspired by the pieces in the gallery. “Meant to be Shared” is an exhibition compromised of prints from Italy, France and Spain and many of the pieces portray the political attitudes of the 18th-20th centuries and world-renown architectural structures.

The role of intercultural communication is most displayed when visitors of the museum connect with prints of pyramids, Eiffel tower, the ruins in Rome etc. whether they have ever physically visited these places. People either have memorable stories from the European travel experiences, or interestingly have aspired to travel to these countries and have connected with the culture through music, movies, food and pictures. At Family Day, kids could recreate these pieces in their own prints and even discover the influence of European culture in America.

Leadership was most personified by the museum staff and volunteers. The facilitators lead the kids into making prints that truly expressed their experience at the museum and their personalities in general. The kids were being taught about both the differences and similarities between their culture and the cultures of European countries. Furthermore, many of the families that participated in this program were either immigrants from different Asian and South American countries and could experience the hub of cultures that the museum fosters.

It was rewarding to see their excitement and wonder at learning how to make prints!

This art event related to the topic of stereotypes and biases because one of the best ways to check our hidden biases is to stop microaggressions in youth and to educate at an early age about the value of diversity. This program is a hands-on way to begin exposing young adults and children to people groups that are different from their own because every piece in the exhibition has a story from a different time period in Europe.

Giovanni Battista Tiepolo, Death Giving Audience, from Vari capricci (Various Capriccios), 1740–42, printed in 1785 (second edition), Etching, The Arthur Ross Collection

Many of the pieces were prints of war scenes from the different civil wars or revolutions that took place during the early centuries. The images could be hyperbolic in the manner of which they portrayed the grotesque battles and gory killings. The valor and sacrifice made in war was illustrated vividly.

The museum is truly a hub of culture, art and creativity. The diversity that the galleries inhabit foster a connectedness that is unmatched by any other diversity experience I have had at UF. I could spend hours in the museum looking at pieces, reading the labels and stories behind them and meeting people from diverse backgrounds that are somehow connected to the same art.


Top center: Giovanni Battista Piranesi, Veduta del Pantheon d’Agrippa oggi Chiesa di S. Maria ad Martyre (View of the Pantheon of Agrippa, today Santa Maria ad Martyres [actually the Pantheon of Hadrian]), from Vedute di Roma (Views of Rome), 1761, Etching

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