The Children’s Museum of South Dakota’s new exhibit featuring the South Dakota outdoors has been named “A STREAM to PONDer: Interconnected Life in South Dakota Habitats.”
The exhibit, a collaborative installation with Minneapolis guest artist Megan Flod Johnson, recently completed hours of research with area children. The children discussed images, created scenes, and interacted with each other while being observed by the Museum’s Director of Education Carrie Benson and Johnson.
The detailed observations will be further discussed and used as the basis for the design and elements included in the exhibit.
The exhibit will also feature character interactions between performer and guest, creating a unique experience for each visit. Johnson will be returning to the Museum in July to guide staff through this process.
Johnson is a community-based artist and educator creating interactive installation performance spaces that engage through play and ask big questions about our world. Currently living in Saint Peter, MN, Megan is the Program Manager at the Children’s Museum of Southern Minnesota and a recent graduate of Arizona State University where she received an MFA in Theatre for Youth and a graduate certificate in Socially Engaged Art. Megan finds power in art made collectively by people of all ages and abilities! Previously, Megan has worked as a teaching artist with Minneapolis-based companies such as Kairos Alive!, an intergenerational dance company connecting communities with storytelling and movement and Z Puppets Rosenschnoz/Autism Society of MN in a puppet-based residency for families with children on the spectrum. Recent work includes artistic director for installation/performance residencies including “THE NEST” at Children’s Museum of Pittsburgh, “SparrowSong” (Binary Productions in Tempe, AZ, “MADE Garden” (SPARK Festival in Mesa, AZ) and 2013 artist in residence for Asphalt Arts, a multi-disciplinary arts residency with homeless youth in downtown Phoenix, AZ.
A STREAM to PONDer exhibit was available for guests to explore during 2015-2016.