Inaugural Play Day Event

September 16, 2016

Play Day: Portraiture 11:00 AM - 4:00 PM


Date: Saturday, October 8, 2016

Featuring The Little Paintbrush, Olympic Grove, Mitch the Strolling Magician, and children’s book author Maryceleste Clements and illustrator Paul Schexnayder.

Free and open to the public

The Hilliard University Art Museum invites the public for its inaugural play day event! This free day encourages families and friends to play and experience art together through enhanced programs. The public can explore the museum’s three main galleries with a hand held guide that all ages can enjoy. Also featuring art activities with The Little Paintbrush, Olympic Grove lawn games, Mitch the Strolling Magician, and story time with children's book author Maryceleste Clements and illustrator Paul Schexnayder. Food trucks will be at the museum for visitors to purchase food and beverages. While you are welcome to bring a picnic blanket and chairs to relax on the museum’s great lawn, we ask that you please leave your ice chests at home.

This event is a part of the Hilliard Museum’s education initiative that kicked off this summer. With education at the core of our mission, the museum has placed a focus on development of programs and lesson plans. Olivia Morgan joined the museum’s staff this summer as a full-time Educator in order to plan a comprehensive program of educational activities targeting K-12 students that tie in to curriculum standards as well as family programs that promote play and life-long learning among parents and children. As a part of this initiative, the museum will offer a free admission day three times a year to complement each exhibition season. “The museum’s goal is to make the galleries and the exploration of art more accessible to the people of Acadiana. We hope that people of all ages can come together and enjoy the exhibitions. As a former classroom teacher, I know how valuable it is to include experiential learning for the standards to come alive.” states Olivia Morgan.

In addition to lesson plan development and play day, the museum plans to start a Toddler Time program on the first Wednesday of every month at 10 AM. Parents and their children will enjoy story time led by a certified Kindergarten teacher and participate in a hands-on art project. The program will be free to attend, however, a suggested donation of $5 will help with the cost of supplies.

Schedule of events:

10:00 AM
Museum opens with gallery guide activity

11:00 AM
Play Day kicks off with Olympic Grove lawn games and The Little Paintbrush art activities Food trucks arrive

12:00 - 2:00 PM
Mitch the Strolling Magician

2:00 - 3:00 PM

“Mr. Toodle” story time with Maryceleste Clement and Paul Schexnayder Guided tour of the galleries with docents

4:00 PM
Play Day ends but museum remains open with gallery guide activity until 5 PM

The Hilliard Museum wishes to thank those that have made the education initiative possible. The Curator's Circle Fund at the Community Foundation of Acadiana, Anonymous, Kiwanis Club of Lafayette, Robertson Energy and Capital, Mr. and Mrs. Jeffrey Scurlock, and Carolyn French, Michael Huber, Byron Reyes and UBS Financial Services.

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