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Free New Deal Programs continue

Free New Deal films, tours, and lectures relating to the Great Depression continue at  the Muskegon Museum of Art.

The programs are intended to enrich the experiences of visitors to 1934: A New Deal for Artists, an exhibition from the Smithsonian American Art Museum—now showing at the MMA.

 

Thursday, March 29, 7:00 pm

Quilt Lecture: Making Do…Surviving the Great Depression
Presented by Kathy Kansier
Learn what events caused the Great Depression and what life was like during that time. Ms. Kansier will share photos, aprons, doilies, fabrics, and quilts from the time when everyone learned how to “make do.” Bring your own quilts from the 1930s and learn more about them from this award-winning quilter, educator, designers and AQS certified quilt appraiser. Coffee and cookies will be served.
Thursday, April 5, 6:00 pm
An Evening with Student and Worker Writers
Reception & Reading

Presented by John P. Beck, Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives Project at Michigan State University
Enjoy readings by both Grand Valley State University students and Michigan worker writers that touch on the experience of working. The student writers are from the classes of Grand Valley State University professors Patricia Clark and Sean Prentiss. The worker writers are current or retired employees from General Motors, the Postal Service, and other workplaces. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 12

Brown Bag Series

12:15 pm Film: The Wizard of Oz
(101 mins.) Sit back and enjoy this familiar 1939 MGM classic. Enjoy the tale of adventure a Kansas twister brings to a young girl and her companions on the yellow brick road to the magical land of Oz. Visit the MMA’s own Tornado Over Kansas during your visit. Free admission, cookies, and coffee. Docent-led tours of 1934: A New Deal for Artists will be held following the film. Brown Bag Films and Thursday tours are underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
1:00-3:00 pm Tours
Docent-led tours of 1934: A New Deal for Artists will be held following the film. Brown Bag Films and Thursday tours are underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.


Thursday, April 12, 7:00 pm
The 1930s and The New Deal: A Panel Discussion

Panelists will discuss historical and sociological topics surrounding the 1930s and the New Deal.
Guest Panelists
Gleaves Whitney, Director of the Hauenstein Center for Presidential Studies at Grand Valley State University; John Beck, Michigan State University Associate Professor and Director of Our Daily Work, Our Daily Lives Project at Michigan State University;
E.J. Hamacher, film historian; and Matthew Lawrence Daley, Associate Professor of History at Grand Valley State University. Henry Matthews, Director of Galleries and Collections at Grand Valley State University, will moderate the discussion. Refreshments will be provided.

April 14, 10:00 am – 3:00 pm
Super Saturday Repurposed
Free Family Fun Day

1934: A New Deal for Artists celebrates Depression era artists and this Super Saturday celebrates the resourcefulness of that decade. Free admission and activities are underwritten by MMA Education Partner Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
10:00 am & 1:00 pm Film: Annie
(127 mins.) We promise no “hard knocks” during this fun filled film that follows the Depression era adventures of Little Orphan Annie. 
11:00 am – 1:00 pm Guided Exhibition Tours
Enjoy a tour of 1934: A New Deal for Artists with an MMA docent.
11:00 am – 2:00 pm Make & Take Recycled Toy
Use your creativity and ingenuity to construct your own toy from everyday recycled objects. You’ll be amazed at how much fun you can have turning something(s) old into something new!

Thursday, April 19, 7:00 pm
Hard Times, Part I
Come Again No More—The Depression in Muskegon

Presented by John McGarry, Executive Director, Lakeshore Museum Center
John McGarry will examine the history of the depression and it’s dramatic effects on Muskegon County. Learn how the Depression affected local residents and businesses and the unique methods used by this community to survive the hardest of times, and especially how the Works Progress Administration (WPA) programs in this area created a lasting cultural legacy. McGarry has served over 30 years in the museum profession, and has worked for the National Park Service, the U.S. Marine Corps Historical program, and spent three years as a treasure hunter. Amongst his many projects in Muskegon, he created the Scolnik House—the first historic house museum in the U.S. that tells the story of the Great Depression. Refreshments will be provided.

Thursday, April 26

Brown Bag Film Series
12:15 pm Film: The American Hobo

87 (mins.) This documentary looks at the adventurous souls who wound their way across America while riding the rails. Author James A. Michener and country music legend Merle Haggard are among the many former hobos interviewed. Free admission, cookies, and coffee. Docent-led tours of 1934: A New Deal for Artists will be held following the film. Brown Bag Films and Thursday tours are underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.
1:00-3:00 pm Tours
Docent-led tours of 1934: A New Deal for Artists will be held following the film. Brown Bag Films and Thursday tours are underwritten by the Alcoa Foundation/Howmet.

Thursday, April 26, 7:00 pm
Hard Times, Part II
Strength in Numbers; Great Art in Troubled Times

Presented by E. Jane Connell, Sr. Curator, Muskegon Museum of Art
Jane Connell will discuss the remarkable growth of the collections of the Muskegon Museum of Art that occurred during the decade of the 1930s in spite of, or perhaps at times because of, the great challenges of the Great Depression, and will discuss how Museum leaders coped with those times. The talk will also relate the relevance of the MMA’s collections to the works created for the WPA Art Project presented in 1934: A New Deal for Artists and to the American Scene. Refreshments will be provided.




  

 
 
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