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Anitra Redlefsen, M.S.

  1. Invest in a family membership at an arts organization. Choose one art form that is of interest to most family members. For example, if you and or your kiddos like to draw and paint, you might choose a local art museum. Family memberships cost about $60 annually and you receive benefits such as member discounts and advance notice of upcoming special events. Choosing a membership demonstrates your commitment to supporting the arts and is one of the best bargains in town. Consider that the average cost for a family of four to attend a ball game, including tickets, parking and food, is approximately $150. For half that amount, you can get an arts membership that lasts an entire year!

  2. Read about and look at various artists in the art form that you have chosen for your arts membership. For example, if you have joined a local art museum, choose one or two artists that celebrate their birthdays each month (for list, visit here: This is a simple and easy way to learn about artists, art history, and art mediums. Say, for the month of October, you look at the work of Picasso, you could further look up abstraction and cubism; you could talk about what was going on in the world at the time Picasso created his work and how this influenced what he created. Borrow a book from the library such as “The Art Book” (Phaidon Press Limited) or “The A-Z of Art (Nichola Hodge and Libby Anson, Carlton Books). These books contain a one page description of master artists throughout the ages, are easy to read and understand and it doesn’t require a lot of time.

  3. Attend one or more of the special events presented at the arts organization you have joined. Many of these events are free! Discuss together as a family what you saw or experienced.

  4. Take an active interest in your child’s arts creations and experiences at his or her school. Attend performances and shows. Your presence is an active support for artists of all ages!

  5. Look for bargain art books on sale at your local bookstores. Begin to build up a collection of reference and informational art books. Give yourself permission to buy one just because you like the pictures!

  6. Check your local television stations and watch special programs about the arts as a family. Borrow videos from the library as well.

  7. Don’t feel like you have to know everything about art! Learn together with your children. For example, take a guided tour at your local art museum and don’t be afraid to ask questions!

  8. Always remember that the arts are a valuable form of entertainment and enlightenment; art helps us to be aware of the world around us, past, present and future!
Also read: "How to Support Your Child With the Arts," by Anitra Redlefsen, M.S. Email request to:

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