Kids in the Gallery

Kids in the Gallery

Kids in the Gallery is a program that seeks to promote visual literacy

Elizabeth Healy

and art appreciation. Teachers and students in grades 1-5 are invited to a guided tour of the various exhibits at RiverArts Gallery in downtown Chestertown, MD. Students have the opportunity to participate in a follow-up activity at the KidSPOT studio next door.

In addition, this program fosters interest in our creative community as well as promoting self -esteem by encouraging children to return to the gallery with their families to serve as guides for the exhibit they previously viewed.

Visual literacy is a crucial 21st century skill, which enables learners to recognize, interpret,understand and appreciate information presented visually through actions, objects and symbols. Whether natural or man-made the ability to view images critically is an important skill included in state and national school standards.

Program Director Elizabeth Healy is a retired elementary school teacher with a passion for the Kids in the Gallery program. Working with teachers at local schools, Elizabeth creates a meaningful field trip that enhances existing curriculum goals for the participating grade levels.

For more information, please call RiverArts at 410 778 6300 or email Executive Director Maria Wood at


Comments from Participants in the Program
Our students and teachers thoroughly enjoyed participating in the Kids in the Gallery program. Elizabeth quickly grabbed the students’ attention with an interactive scavenger hunt followed by the students creating their own “masterpieces” inspired by the various pieces of art in the gallery. The program was a wonderful opportunity to connect our students with an art venue in their local community while also reinforcing the art elements taught at each grade level.
Anna Harrison
Chestertown Christian Academy
Activities Coordinator
This past summer, the Horizons of Kent & Queen Anne Counties six week summer program had the theme: Water is Life.  Third graders from the Radcliffe site had the opportunity to visit the RiverArts Gallery and KidSPOT for the Kids in the Gallery program. Elizabeth was an amazing teacher for our day…allowing students to explore the gallery as well as creating a water-themed undersea picture.  The students were excited to use multiple mediums (including oil pastels, water, and salt) and even more excited to see their creations the next day after they were delivered to our school framed!  As an end of program wrap up, I had students reflect on their summers and so many of them recounted going to RiverArts KidSPOT as their favorite experience!  Thank you so much for being part of our summer program!
Cheryl Fracassi
Horizons Instructor