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The Museum of Arts and Sciences will host an official naturalization ceremony for immigrants in the area who have completed the requirements to become U.S. citizens. The ceremony is planned for Monday, August 25, 2014, at 11:30AM in the Museum’s Emily Bailey Walker Auditorium.

This momentous event – a significant occasion for the new American citizens – is part of the Museum’s strategic goal to serve a broader spectrum of residents in the region. More than 60 new citizens will participate in the ceremony and many of them will have several family members in attendance. The Macon Town Committee of the National Society of The Colonial Dames of America will provide refreshments following the ceremony.

“Earlier this year, the Museum organized an exhibit about the Lost Mural of Ellis Island and developed educational programming about genealogy, citizenship, and immigration. Since then, we’ve wanted to host a naturalization ceremony,” said Executive Director Susan Welsh. “Generally, these ceremonies are held just once or twice a year in Macon. So, we are thrilled to have been approved as a site and we look forward to working with the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service to organize a special event.”

Before and after the naturalization ceremony, the new citizens and their families will have the opportunity to enjoy the Museum’s Discovery House and main galleries. “We hope they’ll return regularly to take advantage of the amazing educational resources available at the Museum,” said Welsh.

In 2012, the Museum participated in the American Alliance of Museums’ Museum Assessment Program on Community Involvement to better understand the needs and desires of the immediate community. Immediately, the findings of this assessment impacted the Museum’s educational programming, exhibition schedule, and marketing within the community. Specific goals were set to plan programs that would attract Spanish-speaking families, highlight cultural differences and strengths in the region, plus serve greater numbers of disadvantaged youth and adults with special needs.

 

Talented young artists from all around Georgia were featured in this traveling exhibition of winning entries in a competition associated with the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Green-Winged Teal - Bethany PanhorstThe “Georgia Best of Show” piece by Bethany Panhorst  was joined by Georgia award winners at each grade level.

The program serves as a barometer of a student’s grasp of the fundamental principles of anatomy and environmental science, and also provides an opportunity for the student to express artistically their knowledge of the beauty and diversity of wildlife.

Artwork by the 2014 Junior Duck Stamp Competition winners is on display in the Elam Alexander Children’s Gallery through August 31, 2014.

Beverly Buchanan, an African American artist who explores Southern vernacular architecture in her art, lived in Macon from 1977 to 1985. During that time, many local art patrons connected with the powerful visual narratives captured in her drawings and sculptures. From flowers and seagrass to shacks and ruins, the works included in this exhibition represent Buchanan’s response to her Southern groundings and her desire to celebrate the essence of memory versus reality. On display are one and two-dimensional works from the collections of the Museum of Arts and Sciences, Tubman African American Museum, and fifteen regional art patrons.

By depicting vernacular architecture and its environment, Buchanan, who lived and worked in Georgia for much of her adult life, constructs a narrative that serves as a metaphor for the triumph of the human spirit over poverty and adversity. Although academically trained, Buchanan uses the tools often associated with the self-taught artist, such as inserted text, found objects, and loosely applied vibrant color, to create visually the rich textures of the humble, yet complex, structures of her drawings, sculptures, prints, and photographs.

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Abrasion Holography by James Minden The Museum of Arts and Sciences is pleased to present Black & Light, an exhibition that gives each viewer a unique experience because no two people see the same thing at the same time.

Black & Light, on display now through September 7, 2014, features groundbreaking abrasion holograms—by artist James Minden—that appear to be three-dimensional. As a viewer moves around each piece of art, the item changes its appearance.

Not only is the viewer’s experience unique, the painter and printmaker admits that he hasn’t found many other artists experimenting with this new art medium.

Because of the interactive nature of Black & Light, there is no doubt that this exhibition must be seen in person to be believed.

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Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists Deep in the middle of our Milky Way galaxy lies an object made famous by science fiction—a supermassive black hole. Scientists have long speculated about the existence of black holes and theorize that black holes form when massive stars collapse.

Find out more by visiting the Museum of Arts and Sciences to experience Black Holes: Space Warps & Time Twists, an interactive exhibit from the Harvard Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics that guides visitors on a journey to the edge of these mysterious and powerful objects.

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