Description of activities
JANINOS MONKUTES-MARKS MUSEUM –GALLERY
Janina Monkute-Marks donated her works of art, including paintings, prints, rugs and tapestries to Kėdainiai. In 2000, Janina Marks established
a Not For Profit Institution in Kėdainiai. The Institution purchased a 100 year old building for use as a Museum. The building’s interior was modernized to meet contemporary Museum standards while the exterior was restored to reflect the historical significance of this fine old structure. The Museum opened its doors to the public on October 20, 2001.
To present cultural and educational commitment, to share art with community at large: to organize exhibitions, lectures, literary evenings, musical concerts, educational and philanthropic projects. To introduce variety and diversity of creativity, to participate in cultural life of Lithuania and Kėdainiai. One of the gallery aims to introduce the people of Lithuania famous foreign and Lithuanian artists. The gallery annually held in seven different various contemporary art exhibitions. However, priority is always given to textile exhibitions per year on average held three.
The Museum Collection
Artworks from the life of Janina Monkute-Marks are the heart of the Museum collection. The conservation and exhibition of her tapestries, paintings and graphics form the basis of the Museum’s work. The Museum also is developing a collection of artworks donated by artists who have exhibited here. Such contributions by visiting artists attest to the respect the Museum has earned for its programming and curatorship and add to the institution’s growing legacy. Janina’s paintings and textiles are displayed in galleries in the Museum’s two levels during the summer months when many tourists from Lithuania and other countries visit the Museum.
EDUCATIONAL ACTIVITY AND PROJECTS
Following the examples of museums in Lithuania and in other countries, beginning in 2002 our Museum began presenting educational outreach programs. These initiatives aim to inspire individuality and creativity in young people, to acquaint youth with the latest art techniques, and to encourage them to participate in cultural life. These efforts engage students who do not have opportunities to participate in productive pursuits outside of their schools and bring them together in a safe and nurturing environment. Students explore arts in traditional media such as drawing, painting, ceramics, and textiles as well as contemporary media such as digital filmmaking and photography. In order to encourage involvement and recognize emerging talent, the Museum offers awards and prizes for special student art projects.
Children from diverse backgrounds discover the joy of hands-on activities that encourage them to dream and share. The results have been impressive. Every year we develop programs to involve disadvantaged youth in recreational activities such as after-school programs, summer day camps and special excursions. Students develop their self-esteem and communication skills in the classes and field trips to cultural centers in other Lithuanian cities. Young people visit and critique exhibitions, and often art teachers lead the classes and workshops. At the end of each program, we celebrate with an exhibition of their creations.