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Institute of Contemporary Art issues children’s video game

Written by on March 23, 2021
Institute of Contemporary Art issues children’s video game

To capture younger audiences creatively, the Institute of Contemporary Art, Miami has released a custom children’s video game called Kittenberger’s Art Adventures.

As part of the museum’s expanded 2021 educational programming, the free interactive 3-D animated game provides parents and their children ages 3 to 8 an engaging way to learn about contemporary art, focusing on a selection of local public art on view at the museum and in the Miami Design District.

Based on a real adopted cat that lives in ICA Miami’s sculpture garden, the video game is an art-filled quest in which Kittenberger explores the Miami Design District on his journey home to ICA, Miami. Along the way he makes new friends and learns with users about public art and creativity, said Lisa Fernandez, ICA, Miami’s director of education and community engagement.

“The video game is part of the museum’s expanded online educational programming, which includes a series of new online learning courses connecting young audiences with museum artists,” she said. “These free online courses are segmented into age-appropriate categories – elementary, middle, and high school students.”

This summer ICA, Miami will also offer a portfolio prep program for middle and high school students, designed to help them apply for any arts magnet programs and college preparations. 

“As a contemporary museum and experimental institution, we have prioritized digital and exploration this past year with audio, visuals and storytelling that relates to our exhibitions and collections,” said Alex Gartenfeld, the museum’s artistic director.

The museum at 61 NE 41st St. has already kicked off its spring 2021 exhibition lineup with the opening of the Janiva Ellis Rats exhibition, made up of new and never-before-seen works created during the quarantine. Other emerging voices in contemporary art with first-time exhibitions at the museum include Dalton Gata, photographs by Claudia Andujar and large-scale sculpture by Robert Grosvenor, the 2020 recipient of the museum’s Ezratti Family Prize for Sculpture award.

“This season we are dedicated to artists who are yet to be prominently presented, which will be a profound step for these emerging artists,” Mr. Gartenfeld said. “Our spring exhibitions reflects the museum’s dedication to engaging audiences with a global range of artists and ideas, which feeds our community’s appetite for contemporary art and inspiration during these difficult times.”