Update, 2/11/12: Last weekend I had the extreme pleasure of attending the I Heart Art Family Day at the Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum.
As I told the director, Pat Goodwin, I completely underestimated how great this event was going to be. I wish I had arrived earlier because I would have hopped on the phone to tell my friends to join us if there was more time. I truly felt like they missed out on something big.
During our time at the Family Day, my children made crafts, talked to our favorite children’s librarian, Sue Ellen Wilson from Chapin Memorial Library, heard music from a string trio and an African drum ensemble, made sand art with Buddhist monks, and had ice cream courtesy of Ben & Jerry. We were there for about two hours and I would have loved to stay longer.
I want to send a huge thank you to the art museum for their lovely event. I promise you that we’ll be back. My children even said they were looking forward to returning on a non-event day to look at the art. I am too. I can’t explain why the museum was off my radar for so long, but it’s firmly on it now!
For photos of the I Heart Art Day, check out this slide show from The Sun News.
First report, 1/30/12: The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is celebrating their 15th anniversary by opening doors to families for a day full of free events on Saturday, February 4, 2012 from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
I will admit it. In eight years of living here, we’ve never been. Sad, I know. When my children were younger, I always wondered if the exhibits would hold their attention. And now that they’re older, I wondered if I’ve gotten them too used to the likes of WonderWorks and Ripley’s Aquarium. The art museum has been on my to-do list for ages and now it’s hard to hold back!
At Saturday’s anniversary celebration, there will be storytelling with Joan Leotta at 12:15 p.m., drumming and dancing with Egbe Killimanjaro at 1 p.m., and Tibetan Buddhist Monks chanting at 2:30 p.m. Throughout the day there will be birthday hats for decorating, games, face painting, ice cream tastings from Ben & Jerry’s, caricatures, and an “instrument playground.”
What has me completely excited about this day is that it all sounds very interactive, lively, and appealing to a wide age-range. I’ve talked to several families, all with plans to attend. I have a feeling the event is really going to draw a nice community crowd.
You can read more about all events and features here. The Franklin G. Burroughs-Simeon B. Chapin Art Museum is located at 3100 South Ocean Boulevard in Myrtle Beach, across from Damon’s, near the airport. You can reach them at (843) 238-2510. And don’t forget to connect with them on Facebook here, or on Twitter @MBArtMuseum.
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