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March's Hand-Hour: Spring Has Sprung!

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Spring is in the air at our March Handi-hour, and we're inspired by Jennifer Angus' In the Midnight Garden as well as the bugs and blooms that are coming to life as the weather warms up. Check out our videos to learn how to make a brightly colored felted wool brooch to accessorize your new spring outfit. And you'll learn how to make bug magnets from recycled bottle caps.

Gone in a Flash: Irving Penn Closes March 20

3 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

"Irving Penn: Beyond Beauty," the first retrospective of Penn's work in more than twenty years, shows a master photographer progressing through the decades and includes some early works that are being shown for the first time. Exhibition closes March 20.

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/14-3/20

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Landon (age: 5): Want to get your engineering handwork featured? Drop by our Block Party interactive play area and try your own hand building a gravity-defying masterpiece. Tag your photos with #HMNSBlockParty. Visit HMNS … Continue reading ?

Now Open: The Burke Baker Planetarium, Best in the World

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

It only takes a few seconds of a stellar light show in this newly-renovated facility to recognize why the Houston Museum of Natural Science is calling the Burke Baker Planetarium “the best and brightest in the world.” The clarity, the … Continue reading ?

Cross-Pollination

One key element of creative practice is expanding and diversifying your information input. This might mean reading different magazines (like the one in the doctor's office you'd never pick up), expanding your online reading beyond the...Show More Summary

Nicholas Nixon's The Brown Sisters

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

The museum recently acquired The Brown Sisters, an intimate series of forty photographs that spans four decades and captures the poignancy of family relationships and bonds between siblings.

Exploring the Natural Sciences with Blocks: It Can Be Done!

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Nothing inspires both children and adults quite the way a museum does. A close second is the inspiration that both the young and old find playing and experimenting with various kinds of toys that encourage building and construction. Exploration of … Continue reading ?

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 3/7-3/13

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Alexis Fiero (age: 9): Want to get your … Continue reading ?

Girls take home STEM prizes at annual GEMS event!

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Two weeks ago, we celebrated our annual Girls Exploring Math and Science (GEMS) public event! We had an amazing turnout from local STEM organizations presenting fun activities and demonstrations for kids of all ages. They also helped us find our … Continue reading ?

John Grade: Second Nature

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

Last Sunday afternoon, Seattle-based artist John Grade spoke to an enthusiastic crowd in the Renwick's Grand Salon about his artworks/earthworks.

SAAM's African American Art on Google

4 months agoArts / Museums : Eye Level

SAAM got the opportunity to showcase some of its best art from African American artists when the Google Art Project asked us to participate in its online project.

Let’s Make an Art Journal

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Something I have been thinking about for some time is starting a nature/art/travel journal. This little project has been sitting on the back burner for a while, but recently got moved directly to the front when I got the opportunity … Continue reading ?

Brilliant Labels in Dublin: Sweets, Nudes and U2

I love to be surprised in museums and it doesn't happen often, so I was thrilled to be genuinely surprised by labels(and more) at the Little Museum of Dublin this week. The Little Museum is the city of museum of Dublin and embraces its status as a museum of the people. Show More Summary

Did Dinosaurs Invent Flowers? (with a big assist from flies and beetles)

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

There was a Veggie-saur revolution at the start of the Cretaceous Period — did it cause flowers to appear? Brief History of Land Plants and Critters Who Ate ThemIn today’s world, on dry land, flowering plants — aka angiosperms — are the … Continue reading ?

Perfect Pixelations: Fine art with building blocks

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

If you’re like me, you’re not a grown-up, despite all indicators to the contrary, and as such, you like playing with toys. I like the challenge of a good puzzle, and I like the sense of completion that finishing it … Continue readin...

Seeing Stars with James Wooten: Winter Stars Shift to the Southwest

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Jupiter comes to opposition on March 8, which is when Earth aligns with Jupiter and the Sun. That is why Jupiter is up all night long in early March. Face east in evening twilight to watch Jupiter rise. It outshines … Continue readi...

Mark Your Calendars for these events happening at HMNS 2/29-3/6

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

Bust out your planners, calendars, and PDAs (if you are throwback like that), it’s time to mark your calendars for the HMNS events of this week! Last week’s featured #HMNSBlockParty creation is by Ada (age: 13): Want to get your engineering … Continue reading ?

Handmade

Over the last couple weeks of travel, I’ve encountered a wide spectrum of goods (and food) defined as local, or handmade, or artisan. It’s made me think about how and why we value such things, and how differing cultures seem, to an outsider,...Show More Summary

Dig in the Dirt and Back in Time with HMNS at the George Ranch!

4 months agoArts / Museums : Beyond Bones

by Sabrina Dahlgren Everyone invariably reaches an age when an adult will admonish them to stop playing on the ground and getting their clothes dirty. Archaeologists are among those people who decide that playing in the dirt is too much … Continue reading ?

Aspiring, Thriving, or Struggling Changemaker? Join us for MuseumCamp 2016.

4 months agoArts / Museums : Museum 2.0

Each summer, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History hosts MuseumCamp, a professional development experience that is part retreat, part unconference, part adult summer camp.MuseumCamp will be August 31-September 2, 2016. This year's theme is CHANGEMAKERS. Show More Summary

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