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May / June 2015

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143 Nancy Pitkin of Lowell and instructor Judith Durant in a knitting class While each topic is unique, Moon says what they all have in common is offering adults a chance to work with exciting artists, acquire new skills, and connect to others while actively exploring their own creativity. PICTURE THIS This year, fundraising efforts at the Ipswich Museum turned occasional summer art classes into a more com- prehensive art instruction program. While the classes in the expanded Dow Arts Program were still being planned at press time, instruction in drawing, painting, and photography for both children and adults is likely to be on offer. An educator at the Ipswich Museum notes that the classes and the Dow Arts Program are a natural extension of the museum's mission to preserve Ipswich's social, cultural, and architectural history while making it more accessible during people's day-to-day lives. "We think the goals of the Dow Arts Program match well with the museum's larger goals of preserving and disseminating Ipswich history—especially its artistic and cultural history," notes Stacey Fraser deHaan. LOOMING LARGE Keeping visitors of all ages in touch with their creativity through classes has always been a part of the mission at Lowell's American Textile History Museum. "We would like to have every person who walks through our doors explore their inner artist through classes, where we can share our passion, knowledge, and enthusiasm to create a truly unique educational experience for fiber enthu- siasts of all ages," says Kathleen Hirbour, education coordinator. To that end, the museum has a dedicated Photograph courtesy of the American Textile History Museum

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