Wiley Elementary Students Embark on a Week Long Adventure at Krannert Art Museum

From Monday, September 17 through Friday, September 21, forty-five fifth grade students from Wiley Elementary School will attend school at Krannert Art Museum. This program, called KAM-WAM (Krannert Art Museum – Week At the Museum), is a result of Wiley’s efforts to collaborate with various partners at the University of Illinois.

In preparation for KAM-WAM, students are reading the book Chasing Vermeer by Blue Balliett, a story about two 6th grade students from Chicago who are involved in an art mystery. The young characters solve a case of a missing painting by the artist Vermeer that was stolen en route to the Art Institute of Chicago. The adventure unfolds as the boy and girl learn to ask questions, think critically, and find clues until they solve the mystery. The KAM:WAM program gives the Wiley students their turn to go on an awesome adventure!

Serving to engage students in integrated learning activities are the museum’s permanent collection of European, American, and Peruvian art, as well as its current special exhibitions: Fields of Indigo: Installation by Rowland Ricketts with Sound by Norbert Herber; Fashioning Traditions of Japan; Egungun! Power Concealed; and Expressions in Color: Selections from the 20th-Century Collection.

Teachers have put together an amazing curriculum that features art, music, dance, drama, math, science, writing, and history. Throughout the week, students will explore all of these topics through lessons taught not only by Wiley teachers, but also by other guest educators from the Krannert Art Museum, the Krannert Center for the Performing Arts, and the Center for Education in Small Urban Communities.

At the end of the week, on Friday, September 21 at 6 pm, there will be an open house at the Museum for parents to visit and explore the student’s work, including various projects, student videos, artwork, and a short performance.

The Wiley teachers and guest educators involved with KAM-WAM are Marcia Richards, Rebecca Cortright, Cara Maurizi, Betty Allen, Rusty Clevenger, Amanda Rutledge, Marcia Wickes, Linda Patterson, Barbara Sartain, Anne Sautman, Ritu Radhakrishnan, Sam Smith, Rachel White, Mary Zwilling, Brad Thompson, and Jill DeHart.

KAM-WAM is an exciting new program now in its second year. It is already being expanded to include other area schools. The program is sponsored in part by Close Friend Foundation, Harold G. and Nancy A. Diamond in memory of Dorothy R. Altman, Kathleen Harleman, John and Alice Pfeffer, Robert and Bonnie Switzer, Edward and Nancy Tepper, and the Office of Public Engagement.

Krannert Art Museum and Kinkead Pavilion is a unit of the College of Fine and Applied Arts at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. The museum is located at the corner of Sixth Street and Peabody Drive in Champaign, one block east of Memorial Stadium. The museum is open to the public from 9 am to 5 pm Tuesday through Saturday, 9 am to 9 pm Thursday, and 2 to 5 pm Sunday. Admission is free; suggested donation $3.

Information provided by the Urbana School District.