In my job, I have the wonderful constant reminder that learning is not just for kids and that a Museum is a perfect venue to learn so many different things! Everyone has the opportunity to learn something new, whether it be in a new place or a place you have visited many times before. Taking a minute to observe, ask questions and let the object or place itself be the teacher. Finding inspiration from the world around me, has given me ideas of how to expand and provide programs for individuals of all ages that are new and exciting. Inspiration can come in the form of artifacts, local historical stories, a favorite activity, books, music and of course from other museums and learning centers.
February is going to be a month with lots of new insight for programs and events going forward. The best ideas are ones that you are willing to share and that is just what I will be doing! I will have the opportunity to meet with other Museum Program Coordinators this month to work together and come up with some fantastic new programs that I will bring back to our Museum. I also have taken my love for Museums and History abroad, and am learning about the history of Antigua! What captured my immediate attention was that the Museum of Antigua and Barbuda is housed in the original Courthouse, built in 1747. Sound familiar? I will definitely be starting March refreshed, inspired and ready to begin planning 2020 programs and events!
The Month Ahead
What better way to kick off 2019’s workshops then with Chocolate! Jennifer, from A Kid in a Candy Shop, taught participants of all ages about the art of chocolate making, and of course, some chocolate eating. Two words: Fun & Delicious!
Our Public Snowman exhibit is currently on display, and completely endearing. We invite you to come in and enjoy the visual stories these sweet snowmen will tell you. Proudly built by 300 of our local grade 1-4 students during our winter school program, they are on exhibit in correlation with the Museum @ Play series until March 1st.
Our Tuesday Night at the Museum speaker is Amherst Island Artist, Shirley Miller, who will be telling the stories behind her artwork at the opening of her exhibit on February 19th. During this program, you can walk the halls and enjoy her beautiful artistic depictions of life on Amherst Island. Tickets are $3 and available at the door.
Jazz musician, Chantal Thompson, will be performing for our LIVE at the Museum series. It will be an unforgettable concert on February 28th, performing along with her band comprised of Richard Bannard on drums, Paul Clifford on bass and Paul Morrison on piano. Tickets are $3 and available at the door.
Artists, Adele and Rhonda from Glocca Morra Farms, will lead our Museum Kids program on March 2nd. They will be teaching our Museum Kids about the art of Glass Pouring. Please wear something that you do not mind getting dirty! This program runs from 10-11am, is free to the public and recommended for ages 4+.
Liquid Glass Pouring is also the feature for our March Heritage Arts Workshop Series. Adele and Rhonda, from Glocca Morra Farms, run this workshop and are excited to be teaching you their most popular form of art right now. This workshop is $35 and takes place on March 2nd from 1:30-3:30. Limited spots are available, and the program is for ages 14+.