After being the Artist in Residence at the Intercultural Affairs Center, Kevin learned more about art at the Hirshhorn Museum and Sculpture Garden, Smithsonian Institution in Washington D.C.. Selected as one of six Katzenberger Foundation interns, Cervantes lead the project What Am I to Look At: Developing New Tools for Interpreting Contemporary Art. His project focused on working with youth and adult groups to help them understand three deeply conceptual artworks. As Kevin works towards developing an inclusive museum, Kevin learned what techniques museum educators use to help the general audience understand and interact with complex artworks.
During his internship, Cervantes developed and led StoryTime events to help young children look at art and connect artwork to larger themes and Hirshhorn Shuffle where museum-goers listen to music purposefully paired with select artworks. Furthermore, Kevin assisted with the Check It Out cart for children attending the museum.
Kevin also visited different Smithsonian institutions to get a sense of what other museums where doing to increase accessibility. Kevin says; “This is a great moment to be doing museum work. Museum institutions, like the Smithsonian are questioning their practices and roles and working diligently to bring new marginalized and underrepresented communities into the museum. Seeing ASL interpreters at StoryTime programming for children was beautiful.”
Kevin is grateful for his experience at the Hirshhorn and is excited to bring what he’s learned to the Davis Gallery on the HWS campus and other museum institutions. Kevin is indebted to Alejandra Molina, the Director of the Intercultural Affairs Center and Jack Harris, Sociology Professor and Academic Advisor, for their constant support and motivation.
Kevin will be leading a Fireside Chat titled; Round and Round, all Around: Being a Public Programming + Education Department intern at the Hirshhorn, Smithsonian Institution in early September.