Boys & Girls Clubs of Metropolitan Baltimore (BGCMB) teamed up with The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University (AA&CC) to host a Korean kite-making activity that combined art, social studies, and engineering.
Dr. Jinyoung Koh, Assistant Professor of Art Education at Towson University, led the activity during the STEM hour of Clubhouse @YourHouse virtual programming. Members designed colorful Korean kites using kite paper, bamboo kite spars, kite string and spool, and were encouraged to decorate their kites with pictures and write positive messages.
“It is so simple to connect children to different cultures starting with fun aspects of those cultures,” remarked Ken Tsui, a BGCMB Board member who facilitated the connection to AA&CC. “It was delightful to see kids with their cameras on, working on their kites as Jinyoung instructed. They were proud of their designs—with positive messages like, "Do your best,”—and were very focused on making great kites!”
The Asian Arts & Culture Center at Towson University (AA&CC) engages the university and surrounding communities in cross-cultural dialogue through a broad range of artistic and cultural experiences related to Asia.