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It’s Official March 31, 2010

Filed under: General — erinkdougherty @ 7:00 am

The art car’s arrival at the High

Thanks to the generosity of fabulous High Museum members Jon and Linda Kaase, we officially have an art car for our Family Day on April 11. The car’s name is Mr. Toady’s Wild Ride and he comes with quite a history, having traveled all over the country, and he now joins us for his last hurrah. All of you families out there should start thinking of some fabulous ways to draw, glue, and decorate. We can’t wait to turn Mr. Toady into an original piece of art!

Mr. and Mrs. Kaase saying goodbye to Mr. Toady


Is that a Car in the Museum? March 26, 2010

Filed under: General — hmablogmaster @ 1:02 pm

Cars have invaded the High! The Allure of the Automobile has opened after much anticipation. 18 of the coolest cars in the world await you in our galleries.

Here in Family Programs, we can’t wait for you to enjoy all of the creative, crafty, and car-rific activities we have on the roster for our family audience. Buckle your seatbelts because it’s going to be a wild and crazy time. Below are some fun facts to get your engines revved up for The Allure of the Automobile:

  • The Museum used its freight elevator to get all of the cars into the galleries. There  is one model that was too big and had to have its bumper removed to fit. Which car do you think it was?
  • The 1937 Bugatti’s steering wheel is on the right-hand side so that the car could drive on the left side of the road.
  • Two cars in the exhibition were made especially for movie stars.
  • The 1933 Pierce-Arrow Silver Arrow is one of only three models that still exists today.
  • The 1953 Porsche 550 was used as a racing car. You can see its numbers when you visit it in the exhibition.

I know what you’re thinking: “Erin, we want more fun facts!” Well, that’s all I can share for now. I can’t give away the entire exhibition—you have to come in and see it for yourself! We have great programs coming up for you to enjoy along with these amazing automobiles.

Please save the dates for these upcoming automobile-related family programs:

  • Studio Spring Break, April 6–10, from 1–4 p.m. each day in the Greene Family Education Center.
  • Can’t make it to the Museum any of those days? Don’t worry! On April 11 we will be having our biannual Family Day from 12 noon–5 p.m.

Check back here for more details next week. Until then, may you dream of race cars and revving engines—I know we will be!

Vroom vroom,


P.S.—Attention all adults! We have a great lineup of lectures in April starting at 2 p.m. on Saturday, April 10. General Motors’ top designer, Edward T. Welburn, will share highlights from 50 years of GM’s automotive design history, including new directions in design under his leadership such as the award-winning Chevy Volt, the world’s first extended-range electric vehicle. Mr. Welburn is only the sixth design leader in GM history.

This program is free and seating is limited. Seat reservations are required. Tickets are available through the Woodruff Arts Center Box Office at 404-733-5000. Tickets to the Museum are sold separately.


Nice to Meet You! March 19, 2010

Filed under: General,Upcoming Events — hmablogmaster @ 7:26 pm
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Hello High Museum of Art Families!

It’s official: the public programs department has officially entered the blogging world. I know what you’re thinking: it’s about time. We couldn’t agree more. This is going to be our platform to talk to all of you hip, art-loving families. But before I jump too far ahead, I want to introduce you to the public programs team.

Virginia Shearer, Associate Director of Education, is the brains behind all of the activities that your family enjoys here at the Museum. She has a myriad of programming expertise from several museums. And on top of all her museum experience, she has two kids of her own. What better way to understand what families want than to ask your own?

I’m Erin and I come to you from snowy Minneapolis. I’ve shed my winter coat and started to get the hang of saying “y’all” as much as possible. After interning and working at MASS MoCA, the Minneapolis Institute of Arts, and The Walker Art Center, I’m looking forward to spending time with you creating and exploring art.

We love art and making projects with families here in the public programs department. I hope that you are as excited about the future of High Museum family programming as we are. The possibilities of creative activities and performances here are endless. Please stay tuned to this new blog for weekly updates on upcoming family programs, DIY crafts, pictures, updates, and so much more.

Signing off for now,

Virginia and Erin