Children curate art exhibit that is on display until December 15 at the Regis Fine Arts Center

Lauren Yockel presents art to students of the Children's Center

Children from the Regis Children’s Center learned about the concept of building a museum art collection from a specialist at the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, during a class visit on Thursday.

The class was part of the center’s yearlong art program and was led by Lauren Yockel, the museum’s outreach coordinator. Yockel read the book Hannah’s Collections and the children took part in a hands-on lesson on how to categorize and sort musical instruments into their own collections. Yockel also brought a jazz-influenced painting by Stewart Davis and had the children dance to jazz music to recreate the feeling of the artwork.

In addition to the class, a collection of the children’s own, one-of-a-kind artwork is currently on display at the Regis Fine Arts Center Gallery. The artwork will be auctioned at a fundraiser on Sunday, November 19 at 5 p.m. in the atrium of the Fine Arts Center.

“For the children, being able to see their artwork on display in a formal gallery setting truly makes this a special, one-of-a-kind experience,” said Regis Children’s Center Director Rebecca Putnam. “We are fortunate that the children are able to utilize the university campus as part of their classroom experience.”

The children visit the Regis Fine Arts Center Carney Gallery frequently throughout the year to view exhibits on display. Their own exhibit gives them the opportunity to be the artists, with the help of university students who worked with kindergarteners to develop narratives related to each of the pieces.

The public is invited to visit the exhibit during gallery hours, Monday – Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and attend the auction on Sunday. No registration is required for the free event. Proceeds will benefit the Children’s Center playground fund that will go towards the purchase of a greenhouse garden, imaginative play spaces, new strollers, and climbers for toddlers.