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ArtMobile to visit Ellicottville library this summer

The Regina A. Quick Center for the Arts at St. Bonaventure University is kicking off its annual partnership with the National Summer Reading Program, making stops at public libraries across New York and Pennsylvania this summer.

The ArtMobile will be stopping by the Ellicottville Memorial Library on Tuesday, July 16 from 2-3 p.m.

“After the huge success of last year’s program, requests for the ArtMobile have tripled for this summer,” said Sean Conklin, assistant curator and museum educator at the Quick Center. “We have library visits planned almost every day in July and the first four weeks of August, along with additional community outreach activities, summer camps and visits to local family festivals.”

For the library program each day, staff will load the ArtMobile with works from the university collection, educational resources and art supplies and make an hour-long visit to each of the 33 participating libraries. Each visit will include a lesson and activity aligned with the Collaborative Summer Reading Theme, “A Universe Of Stories.”

Libraries were offered five different programs to select from for their visit, each specifically designed to incorporate STEAM education pedagogy with a focus on artistic expression.

“This year we really wanted to create experiences that would feel engaging for the varying ages and stages that attend these library programs,” said Conklin. “We had such a positive response to last year’s program redesign, so we really wanted to keep that momentum moving into this summer. Our summer programming is just getting underway, but so far the response to the events and activities we’ve run has been overwhelmingly positive and our increased visibility really resonates with the community.”

To learn more about the ArtMobile and when it will be at your local library, contact your local library or contact the Quick Center by phone at 375-2494 or by e-mail at quick@sbu.edu.

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