Highly Hands-On

Family Programs at the High Museum of Art

Happy Turkey Day November 24, 2010

Filed under: Projects at Home — erinkdougherty @ 10:24 am

Did you know that Thanksgiving is the only Thursday of the year that we don’t have Toddler Thursday at the High? Well, we can’t have a Thursday without art. That’s why I’m posting a fun art studio project here for you to enjoy on your own at home. These finger puppets are great—you could even make a turkey in honor of Turkey Day! Thanks to Khali who writes the blog little. lovely. for this idea.

Two thumbs up for finger puppets!



What’s your job at the High? November 17, 2010

Filed under: What's your job at the High? — erinkdougherty @ 10:00 am


It’s time for another installment of “What’s your job at the High?”. In these entries we chat with a different High employee each time about his/her job at the Museum. Today we’re gabbing with Amy Simon, Manager of Exhibitions at the High Museum of Art.

Q: How long have you worked at the High?

A: 9 years

Q: What is it that you do at the Museum?

A: I’m part of the Exhibitions team that is responsible for the planning, installation/deinstallation and touring components of the High’s active exhibitions program.

Q: What do you like most about your job?

A: As a project manager, I am able to watch an exhibition develop over a couple of years and then see it realized in our beautiful galleries. It is a very collaborative, team-driven process and I enjoy working with our design team and art handlers who make our exhibitions look amazing.

Plus, we get to see the art come out of crates and installed in the galleries before anyone else!

My work also provides wonderful travel opportunities (sometimes with the artwork) to see other countries and museums.  

Q: What is your favorite work of art in the permanent collection? Why?

A: I love the contemporary galleries on Wieland Skyway. It’s too difficult to choose just one!

Q: What do you like to do when you’re not working at the Museum?

A: My interests include travel, arts/cultural events, live music, and reading.  I also enjoy cooking.

Thanks to Amy for sharing her unique duties here at the High. Stay tuned to Highly Hands On for family fun next week!!



Fall Planner November 11, 2010

Filed under: In Studio Projects,Upcoming Events — erinkdougherty @ 5:40 pm

Erin is out raking leaves today, but do not fear! I, Ellsworth Kitty, am here to save the day. Secretly, I love when Erin is out of the office because I get to take over the blog. Today I want to share what we have coming up in November. It is a busy month for the education department, so I wanted to give you a chance to mark your calendar for some cool and crafty upcoming programs. 

Sunday, November 14

Second Sunday Funday: Daring Dalí Icons

1–4 p.m.

Delve into the details of Salvador Dalí’s artwork. Today is your day to get into Dalí’s mind. You’ll listen to Spanish guitar, design a shrinky dink necklace, piece together a Dalí-inspired collage, and play a surreal game. Come prepared to fully embrace Dalí!

Friday, November 26

Dilly Dally with Dalí

10 a.m.–7 p.m.

Join us for family fun the day after Thanksgiving. Make a mustache, design a fancy hat, catch a magic show, watch flamenco dancing, and learn some surreal dance moves of your own.

Saturday, November 27, and Sunday, November 28

Hands-on for the Holidays

1–4 p.m.

Prove yourself a worthy jewelry crafter. Put your own creative twist on some surreal jewelry and make it original, just like Dalí.

Wow! We have a busy month ahead of us. I’m so excited to have this many chances to see you at the Museum. Mark your calendars and we’ll see you soon.

Signing off for now,

Ellsworth Kitty


Hello, November! November 3, 2010

Filed under: General,Photo slideshows — erinkdougherty @ 10:48 am

Have you been to the High lately? Our creative juices are flowing. We have been busy making art and hanging out with Dalí (he’s the one with the crazy mustache). In case you missed out, here are some pictures of what we have been up to:

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