Community Action & Outreach Programs

To fulfill its mission to be accessible to children and families of ALL backgrounds and abilities, the museum is dedicated to offering programs outside the museum, reaching the community and those who may not be able to visit the museum.
Many of Amazement Square’s programs are available as an outreach and can be offered at community festivals, church functions, and events. For more information, please contact the Marketing Department at (434) 845-1888 or pr@amazementsquare.org.

See us in action! Amazement Square Outreach Spotlights:

CityArts Mentoring Program >
Hutcherson Early Learning Center Partnership >


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CityArts Mentoring Program

The CityArts Mentoring Program was established in 2002 to provide team-building mentoring experiences to at-risk and underserved youth through the process of creating public art that enhances the environment of downtown Lynchburg.CityArts

The first CityArts project, completed in 2002, was the the steel bug sculpture known as “Lynchbug” that is now perched on the sidewalk across from the museum. 2003 saw the creation of the caterpillar bike rack named “Spirals” which was placed on the sidewalk adjacent to the museum’s entrance. The tromp l’oeil painting on the N.B. Handy building across Ninth Street was painted in 2004 and has been used for the Riverflick Film Series since 2007.  The 8-year long Mosaic Mural Project brought a 4,800 square foot tile mural to downtown Lynchburg. Located on Jefferson Street across from the museum, the mural chronicles the history of Lynchburg’s riverfront from before the area was settled to a view of Lynchburg in the future. This monumental-sized work of art enhances downtown Lynchburg for residents and visitors alike while preserving the area’s rich history.

Downtown Lynchburg Cityscape Project (2018-2020)

The CityArts Downtown Lynchburg Cityscape project will pair emerging youth LEGO® enthusiasts ages 10-18, intergenerational adults, LEGO® experts, and museum staff to create a large scale 3D diorama of Downtown Lynchburg, constructed completely of LEGO® bricks. The project represents an effort to combine the museum’s top priorities of engaging in community outreach initiatives, teaching the engineering design process and artistic skill, and providing team-building and mentoring experiences for youth and adults in our region. 

Contribute the CityArts Downtown Lynchburg Cityscape project by bringing us a donation of 1 pound of LEGO® bricks and receive a FREE Admit One Pass! 

This program launched on Saturday, March 24, 2018, Amazement Square’s 17th Birthday, and will run continuously over the next two years. To volunteer or contribute LEGO® bricks to this project contact us at visitus@amazementsquare.org

Mosaic Mural Project (2005 – 2012)

CityArtsAt 4,800 square feet, the mural is as tall as three adults and as long as a football field!

Located on Jefferson Street across from the museum, the mural chronicles the history of Lynchburg’s riverfront from before the area was settled to a view of Lynchburg in the future. This monumental-sized work of art enhances downtown Lynchburg for residents and visitors alike while preserving the area’s rich history.

image_cityarts02This public art project was completed over a seven year period as part of the museum’s CityArts Mentoring Program, which provides team building mentoring experiences to at-risk and underserved youth. During the tiling campaigns, which took place primarily in the summer, youth worked alongside professional artists, arts educators, and other community volunteers from a range of backgrounds. While youth volunteers learned mosaic tiling technique and the history of public art, they also gained confidence, assumed responsibility, and learned to work as part of a team. The project also offered a range of educational experiences for the community at-large including free workshops with lead artist Beryl Solla, the opportunity to provide input on the design of the mural through community forums, and participating in placing tiles on the mural.

The CityArts Mosaic Mural is truly a community project; over 2,800 individuals from local schools, non-profits, families, companies, and other groups have participated in its creation.

The CityArts Mosaic Mural Project was made possible in part through the generosity of:

CityArts Sponsors

 


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Hutcherson Early Learning Center Partnership

Hutcherson Early Learning CenterIn 2007, Amazement Square began Project OutREACH with Hutcherson Early Learning Center, a city school serving at-risk and special needs preschool students. However, in 2010, the partnership came to a halt with the closing of the school due to state budget cuts.  The museum was excited to announce the partnership has been rekindled with the re-opening of the school in 2013.  Hutcherson ELC students now receive complementary programming aimed at increasing vocabulary through unique experiences and enhancing kindergarten readiness skills through hands-on learning.   In addition, the museum regularly opens for Hutcherson Family Nights at the Museum where parents can attend lectures about early learning and are provided activities to reinforce learning at home while their students explore the museum.


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