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Public invited to Second Annual Day of Creativity

Monday, April 11, 2016

LAWRENCE — The Second Annual Day of Creativity — presented by The Commons, the KU Natural History Museum and the Spencer Museum of Art — invites University of Kansas and Lawrence communities to celebrate their creative sides. The all-ages event will be noon-3 p.m. April 24, with activities and attractions at the Natural History Museum, The Commons and outdoors on Jayhawk Boulevard.

More than 20 performances, demonstrations and hands-on activities will explore creativity through the arts, sciences and humanities. Demonstrations include milling lumber, firing pottery, rubber chicken science, a giant Tesla coil and how to press plants. Activities include painting and other crafts, an interactive instrument that creates sound through movement and gesture, sun prints and a theater prop photo booth. The KU Pep Band, accompanied by Big Jay, will perform at 2 p.m.

“We’re encouraging people to explore creativity by asking questions, solving problems, making connections and creating things,” said Kitty Steffens, visitor services and events coordinator at the Natural History Museum. 

The event will also feature specimens from the KU Natural History Museum and objects from the Spencer Museum of Art’s Classroom Collection.

“Our museums have brought together an exciting array of fun, creative people from across Lawrence and KU to provide experiences that are designed to expand, explore and maybe reawaken your creativity,” said Amanda Martin-Hamon, associate director of community engagement at the Spencer Museum.

The Day of Creativity will take place rain or shine, and Jayhawk Boulevard will be closed during the event in front of the Natural History Museum. Local food trucks will be onsite selling refreshments.

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Museum Events

Red Hot Research: Graduate Edition
Friday, November 17 | 4 p.m.-5:30 a.m.
The Commons, Spooner Hall, 1340 Jayhawk Blvd.
Red Hot Research brings together scholars from all disciplines, speaking for six minutes each in Pecha Kucha–inspired presentations. Audience members are encouraged to connect with the speakers and each other during breaks. This session features graduate student research.

Slow Art Sunday: Amida Buddha (Amitabha) 
Sunday, November 19 | 2 p.m.-3 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 407, 1301 Mississippi St
Slow down at the Spencer and spend time getting to know one great work of art. Slow Art Sunday features one work for visitors to contemplate and converse about with Museum staff. In November, get to know Amida Buddha (Amitabha).

Performance: Aspects of Liszt 
Sunday, November 19 | 4 p.m.-5:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Gallery 317, Sam and Connie Perkins Central Court, 1301 Mississippi St
Distinguished Emmy-winning author, critic, radio and film producer David Dubal joins KU international concert artist Steven Spooner in an afternoon of piano music from the era of the Spencer Museum’s origins and fascinating commentary on the legendary Franz Liszt. This concert is part of the Museum’s centennial celebration of our collection.

Day After Thanksgiving Program: Magic Marbles 
Friday, November 24 | 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
The National Museum of Toys/Miniatures, 5235 Oak St. Kansas City, MO
It’s a day of marble magic with fun for the entire family. Explore the museum’s special exhibit Playing for Keeps: The VFW Marble Tournaments, 1947-1962, and try your hand at “knuckling down” during a marble lesson. Then, pick out your own marble and turn it into a piece of wearable art to take home with you. Included with museum admission.

Global Film Festival
Thursday, November 30 | 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m.
Spencer Museum of Art, Rm. 309 1301 Mississippi St
Curated by first-year students, the Global Film Festival features four films exploring ideas in Spencer Museum exhibitions. This film is presented in conjunction with the exhibition Power Clashing: Clothing, Collage, and Contemporary Identities. The film will be announced on the Museum’s website.

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