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Programs & Activities

Inter-Arts Collaboration Workshop

Saturday, March 10, 1:00pm - 3:00pm

Visual art, creative writing, and performance art come together in one workshop to explore the possibilities of collaboration. In this workshop, participants will choose a piece of art from the exhibit Politics on Paper to discuss the elements of art. Through collaboration, participants will write a reflective composition, create a new piece of artwork from the composition, or add music or dance elements, creating an original collaborative pieces of artwork.

Free, pre-registration is required. Class size limited to 12 participants.

Open Sketch

Wednesday, April 25, 5:00pm - 6:30pm

Join the museum for a relaxing evening of open sketch in the gallery featuring the art pieces of the All City High School Senior Show. Pick a piece from the exhibition and practice your sketching skills. Don't worry about bringing any supplies; the museum will provide all drawing materials and optional seating.

Art Mash Up, Celebrating National Youth Art Month

Wednesday, March 14, 5:30pm to 7:30pm

Join us for an evening of music, art, spoken word, and storytelling. This "open mic" event is for all ages, but youth are especially encouraged to attend this event in celebration of Youth Art Month! The theme for the event is "Building Community through Art."

The Art of Ikebana

Saturday, April 14, 10:00am - 1:00pm

Ikenobo Ikebana flower arranging is an artistic expression within structured rules to create a unique art piece that highlights color combinations, natural shapes, graceful lines, and the meaning behind the final form. Traditionally, this art form was practiced in Japan by samurai and aristocrats to help focus their minds and create inner balance. Join Ellen Morgan for this workshop as it takes you through the history of Ikebana while giving you the opportunity to create a personal arrangement of your own.

Free, Pre-registration is required. Class size limited to 10 participants.


Saturdays, 10:00 am - 12:00 pm

Explore art as a family with a new art appreciation theme every month. Each session will delve into a facet of color, art history, or feature an individual artist. Come by and learn as a family with a hands-on art-making experience.

March 3 - Paper Cut out Color Wheels
March 10 - Paper Color Prism
March 17 - Mandala Rocks
March 24 - Color Theory
March 31 - Color in Abstract

April 7 - Michelle Reader
April 14 - Yuken Teruya
April 21 - Rodney "Rodrigo" McCoubrey
April 28 - Jane Perkins

May 5 - Shapes & Abstraction
May 12 - Streetscapes inspired by Marc Chagall
May 19 - Pattern Collage
May 26 - Cardboard Cubism

June 2 - Blue
June 9 - Purple
June 16 - Red
June 23 - Green
June 30 - Orange

July 7 - Andy Warhol
July 14 - Jasper Johns
July 21 - Roy Lichenstein
July 28 - Pop Collage

August 4 - “Bleezers Ice Cream” a poem by Jack Prelutsky
August 11 - Emotional Weaving
August 18 - Cinquain Poems
August 25 - The Best Part of Me

Reading Art Book Club

2nd Wednesday of each month, 2:30 pm

The Reading Art Book Club is dedicated to exploring the connections between art and literature by reading and discussing books. As much as possible, books selected will relate, echo, or enhance the museum’s varied exhibitions. All are welcome to join us even if you haven't read the book or visited the gallery! Unless otherwise noted, the book club meets in the classroom of the Museum of Nature and Science.

March 14 - The Art of Rivalry: Four Friendships, Betrayals, and Breakthroughs in Modern Art by Sebastian Smee (in the Museum of Art Studio Classroom)

April 11 - Dr. Kimball and Mr. Jefferson: Rediscovering the Founding Father of American Architecture by Hugh Howard (preceded by a screening of Monticello: Home of Thomas Jefferson at 1pm)

May 9 - Disarmed: The Story of the Venus de Milo by Gregory Curtis

June 13 - Glittering Images: A Journey through Art from Egypt to Star Wars by Camille Paglia

July 11 - Photography: The 50 Most Influential Photographers of All Time by Chris Dickie

August 8 - Birdwatcher: The Life of Roger Tory Peterson by Elizabeth J. Rosenthal

Gallery Highlight: Artists Panel

Saturday, May 19 1pm - 3pm
Friday, June 1 5:30pm - 7:30pm

Join the artists of the regional juried exhibition Here & Now as they discuss their art inspirations, techniques, and details of the pieces they have on exhibition.

Gallery Highlight: Exploring Mixed Media

Saturday, July 7 1pm - 3pm

Walk the gallery, share ideas, exchange opinions, and consider different perspectives about the works of art in the Here & Now exhibition.

Film Screening: American Masters: Dorothea Lange: Grab A Hunk of Lightning

Saturday, August 11 1pm - 3pm

Known for her powerful images of the Great Depression, including the haunting “Migrant Mother,” Dorothea Lange bore witness as young America matured into a world power. For more than five decades, her lens brought subjects alive, transmitting raw emotions and capturing the human condition. This film is made by Dyanna Taylor, Lange’s granddaughter, who began her artistic vision, literally, at Lange’s feet.