We are excited to welcome Willow Scott as the new Manager of Youth and Family Programs. Born and raised in the Magic City, She has worked with numerous art initiatives, organizations, and events around Birmingham. Her expertise in family programming is a wonderful addition to the Museum’s growing Education Department.
BMA: Where have you worked before coming to the BMA?
I have had extensive art teaching and managerial experience at various organizations in Birmingham. I was a teaching artist and festival coordinator for Magic City Art Connection for over 10 years. To supplement the downtime between festivals, I was the master artist for Paint Nite Birmingham, offering weekly painting events in local restaurants and bars. I served as the Artist-in-Residence for Urban Ministry, a United Methodist-based organization specializing in community outreach.
BMA: When did you first become interested in art?
I have been interested in creating since childhood. I really started to hone my art skills in high school with my teacher, Mrs. Bratton. She exposed us to various forms of art making that really piqued my interests.
BMA: What are you most excited about in your new position?
I am most excited about establishing partnerships and having the support of the Museum to explore my art-making ideas. I want to touch the lives of as many families and children as possible, exposing them to processes and methods of making art. I love watching children’s creativity being sparked and watching them go!
BMA: Can you tell us more about your experience with creating programs for children and families?
During my years at Magic City Art Connection, I developed and implemented several workshops for children. During the last year of my tenure there, I was able to coordinate the Imagination Festival with over 1,000 kids, 41 Birmingham public schools, and 21 teaching artists.
BMA: Do you have any big plans for new programs?
I’d like to revamp our Art Mobile and outreach initiatives. Using the Art Mobile, I want to bring fine art to local festivals and schools.
What is a favorite program you have created or worked with before?
In the past, working with recycled materials has worked well for me. A favorite for kids is making collaged, wearable art. I use recycled materials to show them that you can make use of materials from your home or neighborhood.