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Boho Mini's mission is to cultivate opportunities for children to create, move, discover, explore, learn and grow through unique hands-on art & cultural experiences.


Join us for monthly kids themed art "Experiences" infused with experiential cultural immersions using hands-on art, food, movement, music and storytelling! Collaborations with local artists, dancers, storytellers, and chefs help create genuine connections with the cultures they each represent.

Healthy Kids: Boho Mini hopes to play a role in helping to raise a healthier generation of kids through movement and exposure to healthier food options. Each of our Experiences, includes a movement workshop that connects families with various world cultures.

 

Movement not only keeps kids active, but it also allows children to connect concepts to action and to learn through trial and error. Each of our Experiences also includes a healthy and sweet vegan cultural treat, along with the recipe for families to take home.

Every Sunday we offer "Kids Open Studio" for children. The first Sunday of each month is always free to the public. Kids and parents have access to paper, scraps, markers, crayons, glue, and other art supplies to freely create! Pre-registration is required.

For your convenience, most of our programming takes place on Saturdays and Sundays. Experiences begin at $25. Register early to take advantage of early bird prices. Kids Open Studio is $5 per person.

 

Enroll in our membership program to take advantage of member perks and discounts: Participants of our membership program earn passport badges for each experience they attend and can redeem them in on our online members area to earn rewards.

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Why Art?

 

In recent years, school curricula in the United States has shifted heavily toward the common core subjects of reading and math, but what about the arts? Although some may regard art education as a luxury, simple creative activities are some of the building blocks of child development. Learning to create and appreciate visual aesthetics is more important than ever to the development of the next generation.

Developmental Benefits of Art
 

Motor Skills: Many of the motions involved in making art, such as holding a paintbrush or scribbling with a crayon, are essential to the growth of fine motor skills in young children. 
 

Language Development: For very young children, making art—or just talking about it—provides opportunities to learn words for colors, shapes and actions. 
 

Decision Making: According to a report by Americans for the Arts, art education strengthens problem-solving and critical-thinking skills. The experience of making decisions and choices in the course of creating art carries over into other parts of life. 
 

Visual Learning: Drawing, sculpting with clay and threading beads on a string all develop visual-spatial skills, which are more important than ever. Even toddlers know how to operate a smart phone or tablet, which means that even before they can read, kids are taking in visual information. This information consists of cues that we get from pictures or three-dimensional objects from digital media, books and television. Art education teaches students how to interpret, criticize, and use visual information, and how to make choices based on it.

Inventiveness: When kids are encouraged to express themselves and take risks in creating art, they develop a sense of innovation that will be important in their adult lives.

Cultural Awareness: As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media may also present mixed messages. Teaching children to recognize the choices an artist or designer makes in portraying a subject helps kids understand the concept that what they see may be someone’s interpretation of reality.

Improved Academic Performance: Studies show that there is a correlation between art and other achievement. A report by Americans for the Arts states that young people who participate regularly in the arts (three hours a day on three days each week through one full year) are four times more likely to be recognized for academic achievement, to participate in a math and science fair or to win an award for writing an essay or poem than children who do not participate.

Why Culture?

Many ethnic groups can trace their histories in Detroit. The early 1900s ushered in thousands of immigrants seeking prosperity in the burgeoning automobile industry. Today, Metro Detroit is a melting pot with residents from dozens of different ethnicities, giving the area a rich cultural heritage. Boho Mini collaborates with guest instructors so that kids can directly discover and experience the richness of the cultures that make Detroit beautiful.

 

Earlier on than most people realize, children become aware of and intrigued by differences in the way people look and behave. As we live in an increasingly diverse society, the images of different groups in the media can present mixed messages. More than ever, children are exposed to media that often presents over-simplified or biased perspectives. While children's books and television programs open children’s eyes to these differences, actual experiences have the most profound influence on what children think and believe. That's where Boho Mini comes in.

Through our curated Arts & Culture experiences we hope to expose children to the similarities and differences of people from other cultures. Parent participation in these activities are vital, by helping your child understand and respect similarities and differences you will also help your child to understand who he or she is in the context of ethnicity, culture, religion, language and family history.

'Intercultural understanding' is described as the development of the social skills to interact and engage with people from diverse cultures in a respectful way. This is an increasingly important consideration for our multicultural community. Children become culturally sensitive and respectful when they see adults who are culturally sensitive and respectful, and who take a stand against bias, racism or insensitivity. 

 

Being able to empower children to reach their own conclusions based on thoughtful cultural experiences and exposure has never been more important from a social perspective - it is core to equipping youth as effective local and global citizens. In so doing, you will provide your child with personally meaningful information and also introduce concepts from anthropology, history, religion, and geography. Children's ability to have a strong sense of identity, while respecting the values of others, will make for community cohesion at home and culturally dexterous ambassadors of their families and communities in the future.

6 Ways to Inspire Creativity

  1. Prepare for a mess. Set up an art space (or drop by our Kids Open Studio) where your kid can be free to experiment (and get messy!), Throw a drop cloth or a newspaper on top of your kitchen table or in the garage. If weather permits, let kids paint outside.
     

  2. Avoid giving direction. Don't tell your kid what to make or how to make it. Instead of saying, "Paint a rainbow," encourage her to "experiment with mixing colors using different types of brushes and paper." 
     

  3. Speak specifically about art. When talking to your child about his artwork, try to be precise in your comments. For instance, instead of giving a generic compliment, try saying, "I see you used a lot of purple. Why did you choose that color?"
     

  4. Explore your child's process. Often the best way to encourage conversation about your child's art is simply to say, "Tell me about what you made," or ask, "Did you have fun making it?"
     

  5. Don't draw with your child. When parents draw something representational while a younger child is sketching, it can frustrate him, it's better to be near him and let him know that you're interested and supportive of his art-making.
     

  6. Let it be. When a child finishes a piece, don't suggest additions or changes. It's important for a child to feel that what she's created is enough -- even if it's just a dot on the page.

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