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Dust Bowl exhibition to open at Chandler Museum

February 28th, 2022 development
Dust Bowl exhibition to open at Chandler Museum
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Santan Sun News Staff

Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler is offering a variety of free programs next month as well as a new exhibit.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays.

Information: 480-782-2717 or chandlermuseum.org.Exhibits

“Picturing Home: Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler” is the new exhibit, running March 8- August 13, portrays the influx of Dust Bowl migrants into Chandler in the late 1930s. Government photographers Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee documented unique stories showing these migrants and their dwellings, which were often temporary.

 This exhibition is a history of Dust Bowl Chandler through unique black and white photographs. It examines what home looked like and makes connections between 1930s Chandler and Chandler today. It includes themes of housing, migration, agriculture, technology, self-sufficiency, and empathy.

People are welcomed to stop by March 12 and March 13 for hands-on activities inspired by this exhibition. Explore cameras, create a story using photographs, and make your own milk bottle label. From 10 a.m.-2 p.m. March 12, the musical duo Side by Side will perform. 

Public Objects: Artwork from the City’s Permanent Collection
through March 27.

Since the public art ordinance was established in 1983, the City of Chandler has steadily collected or commissioned artwork from local, regional, and national artists.

While many people have seen the monuments, murals, and sculptures on public view throughout Chandler, this exhibition aims to highlight the gallery pieces the city has acquired through the years. From paintings and photography to ceramics and quilts, the City’s collection is as diverse as its population.

Programs
Noon-12:30 March 1: A History of Public Art in Chandler

When you’re out and about in Chandler you might spy a utility box adorned with cactus wrens and quail, walk through an archway of giant metal flowers, or snap a selfie next to a mural that radiates color. What do these diverse creations have in common? Since 1983, Chandler has developed innovative, sustainable ways to fund and acquire artworks that are relevant to neighborhoods and accessible to everyone.

Peter Bugg, city visual arts coordinator, will discuss the city’s program.

Guarantee a seat at: eventbrite.com/e/history-bites-community-and-creativity-a-history-of-public-art-in-chandler-tickets-239492236727

11 a.m.-2 p.m. March 19: Games of the Dust Bowl Era

What did kids play with during the dust bowl era? Purchased or homemade, this selection will highlight the history of the 1930s.

Bring your family and toy with classic games and toys. Brush up on the classics or explore something new! Each month features a different set of games and toys. Outdoor games and activities will be available in the courtyard weather permitting.

10:30-11:15 a.m. March 2 and 16: Cotton

From sprout to boll, spring in as we uncover what has been taking root in Chandler. Flourish with cotton farming themed sensory bins and crafts.

These 45-minute programs are led by our friendly educators who compare everyday items, then and now. With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5.

10:30-11:15 a.m. March 30: Museum Helpers

Become a museum helper, learn what people at the museum do, and create your own exhibit idea.

These 45-minute programs are led by our friendly educators who compare everyday items, then and now. With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5.

10:30-11:15 a.m. March 9 and 13: Art Tots

Pitch in to create a community-based work of art at the museum and take a small painting with you to share with your neighborhood.

Want to make art with your little one but don’t want to clean the mess? Come for a 45-minute program led by our friendly educators that is an age-appropriate introduction to different art styles and concepts.

With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several art-centered activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5.

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