Tim Gunn to speak at Providence Children's Museum

Tim Gunn, Guest Speaker at Providence Children’s Museum’s Annual Meeting 
Wednesday, April 12, 2017 | 5:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Providence Children’s Museum’s Annual Meeting will feature Tim Gunn, author and design mentor of Project Runway Jr., in conversation with Executive Director Caroline Payson about encouraging children’s innate creativity. The meeting will be held for grown-ups only at the Museum, 100 South Street, Providence, RI, and is free and open to the public. Reservations are required: (401) 273-5437 ext. 118 or Costello@ChildrenMuseum.org
Following a brief business meeting, the Children’s Museum kicks off its 40th anniversary year with these two design professionals exploring ways to foster kids’ creative confidence. Mr. Gunn was chair of fashion design at Parsons The New School for Design from 2000 to 2007, a chief creative officer at Liz Claiborne, and for 15 seasons has been the beloved mentor to designers on the television program Project Runway, including Project Runway: Junior for teen designers as young as 12. Ms. Payson was director of education at Cooper Hewitt, Smithsonian Design Museum in New York for 10 years, and was associate dean and chair for liberal studies at Parsons. 
Gunn and Payson, longtime friends, share the idea that childhood matters as a time to engage in the world in one’s own way, and that young people have much to offer. Gunn says, “When I was teaching, I was the least important person in the room as far as I was concerned--my students' points of view mattered most. I wanted to learn who they were and teach them to respect one another's perspectives.” And Payson notes that creative thinking must be encouraged; “Creativity is a muscle and not a muse.” 
Prior to the open early evening annual meeting, Gunn will lead a design challenge at the Children’s Museum for 2nd-4th graders from Highlander Charter School who participate in the Museum’s AmeriCorps Learning Clubs outreach program. The children will collaborate and use different folding and paper manipulating techniques to design wearable art out of newspaper and recycled materials, and inspired by one of the Museum exhibits. Kids will explore form and function, transforming flat materials into three-dimensional pieces, how art can engage a community, and the benefits of collaboration. 
As part of its 40th anniversary celebration, Providence Children’s Museum will promote the idea that creativity is essential to problem solving in today’s world, and that encouraging children’s creative confidence is a key to their success. 
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(release from Providence Children's Museum)