My Top 10 Favorite Blogs

Kids jumping for Jeff Koons’ Balloon Flower  by Erica Berger

 

I will be taking a blogging break through the end of the year.  Should you need a cultural fix before then, I’ve put together my “Top 10 List” of favorite blogs to tide you over.   If you have any comments or ideas for CultureChild, feel free to leave them in the “Comments” section at the end of this post or drop me a note at info@culturechild.org.  Thanks for reading!  GMom

My Top 10 Favorite Blogs

10.  Jumping in Art Museums, because art IS and always should be fun.

9.  Vintage Waldo.  If you spot Waldo in any artworks, be sure to let them know.

8.  t(w)eensgosocial, because this site broaches important issues—cyberbullying, children’s online privacy issues and tween media usage among them—in a smart and non-sensationalist way, and parents need help staying a step ahead of their kids who use the Internet.

7.  Dad-O-Matic gives a dad’s perspective on child rearing and offers creative media projects in its “Family” section and an interesting “Education” section, to boot.

6. Mom-101,  because Liz Gumbinner offers hilarious, eloquent, witty and ever-so-cool insights on the art of parenting (and on parenting with technology for design-conscious moms at Cool Mom Tech).

5.  and  4.  HYPERALLERGIC (Sensitive to Art and Its Discontents) and Arts Beat by The New York Times are not kid-centric, but they help me stay up on cultural and art world happenings.

3.  Stay tuned for the exciting things to come this fall at the new Children’s Museum of the Arts.

2. To “get more out of NY with kids,” check out Mommy Poppins.

1. NYCkidsARTS offers the most comprehensive guide for kid-friendly dance, festival, film, gallery, garden, history, library, museum, music, park, theater and zoo happenings in the five boroughs.

Bravo Lucy Walker and Vik Muniz for Waste Land

Thank you Lucy Walker and Vic Muniz for your beautiful film, Waste Land, illustrating how art can transform peoples’ lives.  You deserve the Oscar tonight for Best Documentary Feature. Awesome soundtrack by Moby, too.

What stirs your creative soul?

While walking through the MoMA’s painting and sculptural galleries is a visceral experience for me, it’s not so much for my seven-year-old—especially when she has an entirely different idea of how we should be spending a Saturday morning.

A source of inspiration for my effort to nurture my child’s creative development was seeing Julie Taymor speak about her artistic process at theRubin Museum of Art’s 2008 Brainwave Festival.  For those who aren’t familiar with her, Julie Taymor is a visionary director of film (FridaAcross the Universe) theater (The Lion KingSpiderman) and opera (The Magic Flute), lauded for her kaleidoscopic fusion of music, word and image.  The Brainwave Festival, now in its sixth year, pairs prominent scientists with equally important artists and educators.  I attended a discussion in which Julie Taymor discussed her creative process with neuroscientists Sandra Aamodt, Ph.D., and Sam Wang, Ph.D., authors of the book, Welcome to Your Brain.

Taymor made a lasting impression on me when she spoke about continuously thrusting herself into circumstances outside her typical environment through travel, and how those situations continue to influence her artistic vision today.Art and travel have always fueled my sense of wonderment and creative soul, but it hadn’t occurred to me that exposing my daughter to diverse experiences from an early age (at the time, she was 4) could help shape her creativity.  Since then, I’ve made a conscious effort to expose my daughter to more culturally diverse experiences.  Hearing Sam Wang speak about the importance of active engagement being a vital part of a child’s cognitive growth offered further motivation.

I recently watched the symposium again online.  It is a bit esoteric at times, but it’s definitely worth seeing.  Meanwhile, I revisited MoMA with my daughter in tow and renewed hope to help her connect in her own way with art.  More about that to follow…