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:

 

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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.

The first CityArts project, completed in 2002, was 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. In 2012, a 7-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 contact period 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. The programs next major undertaking is a 3D diorama of Downtown Lynchburg made with LEGO® bricks!

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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 to 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 was 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

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Mosaic Mural Project (2005 – 2012)

At 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.

This 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:

 
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Laurel Regional School

As a Partner in Education with the Lynchburg City Schools, Amazement Square celebrated its 15th year in an ongoing partnership with LAUREL Regional Program. Serving students ages 4-21, this program offers hands-on workshops and museum visits to youth who are living with severe physical and/mental challenges. These programs have been tailored to student needs and provide an opportunity for teachers and students to develop portfolios for the Virginia Alternative Assessment Program.

 
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Early Learning & School Readiness Initiatives

Amazement Square has been working in partnership with early learning centers for at-risk children throughout the Lynchburg area for over 10 years to address an important community need for high quality learning. Beginning in early 2016, Amazement Square formed a partnership with Virginia Early Learning Foundation’s Smart Beginnings and Virginia Quality Rating and Improvement System that allowed our organizations to combine our expertise and resources to deliver a comprehensive program to at-risk early learning centers in Central Virginia. The program, Amazing Children, Smart Beginnings, works with centers providing classroom structure and a social-emotional curriculum to students; supporting emerging teachers through modeling, mentoring, and professional development; and incorporating center directors to develop awareness of best practices in the field and reduce staff turnover.