This is Our Children’s Museum

29 July - 01 September 2023

The UP Vargas Museum, in partnership with CANVAS - Center for Art, New Ventures & Sustainable Development, a non-profit organization dedicated to children's literacy and greater awareness of Philippine art and culture, presents the exhibition This is Our Children’s Museum that will open at the University of the Philippines Vargas Museum on 29 July 2023 (Saturday), at four o’clock in the afternoon. This proof of concept exhibition highlights and supports the ongoing construction of CANVAS’s Tumba-Tumba Children's Museum of Philippine Art in Ibaan, Batangas.
This exhibition has three components:
CANVAS showcases new works by Mark Jeffrey “Mr. S” Santos for the children’s book Ang Pusang Kartero (The Cat Mailman), authored by Genaro Gojo Cruz, in the museum lobby. A winner of CANVAS’s flagship Romeo Forbes Children’s Story Writing Competition, Ang Pusang Kartero is a whimsical tale of childhood friendship. The story and its accompanying art exemplifies imaginative storytelling that strongly encourages a love for books and reading in children.
Bukal Sining in the museum’s West Wing will feature new works by some of the best contemporary Filipino artists, all of whom support CANVAS’s vision and dream of a children’s museum of Philippine art. Participating artists include National Artist Benedicto “BenCab” Cabrera, Faye Abantao, Japs Antido, Marcel Antonio, Renee Avila, Jojo Barja, Elmer Borlongan, Don Bunag, Marina Cruz, Leslie de Chavez, Cedrick dela Paz, Alfredo Esquillo, Pancho Francisco, Manny Garibay, Martin Honasan, Geraldine Javier, Ross Jaylo, Mark Justiniani, Dante Lerma, Joy Mallari, Dengcoy Miel, Roel Obemio, Jim Orencio, Anthony Palomo, Rodel Tapaya, Abril Valdemoro, Christopher Yap, and Jared Yokte.
Finally, the exhibition will provide an update on the ongoing development of Tumba-Tumba, which is grounded in the CANVAS manifesto “This Is Our Children’s Museum.” The manifesto outlines a vision for a children’s museum of Philippine Art. Artworks by June Digan breathe life into the manifesto. Both the manifesto and the artworks were adapted as a picture book for new parents, How To Raise Your Child, written by CANVAS founder and executive director, Gigo Alampay.


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Installation Photos

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