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Taylor Scholars Family Day is Nov. 28

On Taylor Family Day at the New Orleans Museum of Art, Taylor students and scholars may bring their parents or guardians plus two family members or friends for free to enjoy a a fun-filled day at the museum.

Schedule of Events:

11 am – 5 pm: Educator Appreciation Day. All day, educators are welcomed to NOMA and will receive free admission
11 am – 5 pm: Images of Excellence scavenger hunt. Focused on a teen audience, but appropriate for visitors of all ages, this scavenger hunt will encourage students and their families to explore the museum’s collection, with a focus on the theme of excellence
11 am – 5 pm: Intervals of piano music in the Great Hall
11:30 am: StoryQuest with The NOLA Project. Actors from award-winning, local theater company, The NOLA Project, will read children’s books on the theme of Space. After the reading, families are encouraged to explore the galleries using their Quest Cards
12 noon – 4 pm: Art on the Spot will feature a teaching artist from Young Audiences. This hands-on art activity is for visitors of all ages and skill levels.
1 – 4 pm: Drawings each hour for prizes and gifts from the NOMA Shop for Taylor Scholars
2 pm: New Orleans Dance Academy Nutcracker performance in the Great Hall

About the Taylor Scholars Program:

The Taylor/Audubon/NOMA Students and Scholars Program rewards Louisiana’s top students in grades 7th through 12th grades who have qualified for the Taylor Scholars Award Program with hands-on educational outings that will create memories for a lifetime. Eligible students earn a one-year membership to Audubon Aquarium of the Americas, Audubon Butterfly Garden and Insectarium, and the New Orleans Museum of Art for achieving a minimum 2.5 grade point average. Students who earn a grade point average of 3.0 or above also qualify for a one-year membership to those institutions, as well as Audubon Zoo.

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Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project Opens at Smithsonian

By: Smithsonian National Museum of American History

The Smithsonian’s National Museum of American History opened a unique hands-on learning space, the Patrick F. Taylor Foundation Object Project, on July 1. Made possible by philanthropist Phyllis Taylor, the 4,000-square-foot space in the museum’s new Innovation Wing focuses on “everyday things that changed everything.”

Anchored by an array of individual cases—some overhead, others with visitor-activated sound,light and motion effects—“Object Project” invites visitors to interact with approximately 250 objects within the 9-by-40-foot sculpture that forms the learning space. The space is divided into four sections: Bicycles, Refrigerators, Ready-to-Wear Clothes and Household Hits, which includes a customized interactive version of “The Price Is Right” game show format licensed from FremantleMedia North America Inc.

“‘Object Project’ puts history into the hands of our visitors, helping them learn about the history of innovation and allowing them to discover connections between innovative ideas and society’s needs,” said the museum’s MacMillan Associate Director for Education and Public Engagement, Judy Gradwohl.

Glass-fronted cases hold a variety of common objects with unexpected stories, including a Columbia bicycle customized by Tiffany & Co. in 1896; a pop-up toaster from the 1920s; a shopping cart from 1937; dishes designed for leftovers and toys, such as a 1950s Pretty Maid toy kitchen and celebrity paper dolls. Hands-on carts feature activities that explore when ice cubes were a novelty and hats were commonplace.

“Object Project” invites visitors to use fun and surprising activities and games to uncover intriguing stories behind many objects taken for granted today. Visitors can sit atop two representative 1880s high-wheel bicycles and pose for photos. A “magic” scrapbook uses overhead projections to fill its pages with photographs and clippings that materialize and swoop into place on the page.

Digital resources include a website and a blog with behind-the-scenes glance into research, object acquisition and space development. An illustrated online essay by author and object expert Rob Walker explores how Americans have been venturesome in their adoption and adaptation of innovative things.

The National Museum of American History is at 14th Street and Constitution Avenue N.W. and open daily from 10 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. (closed Dec. 25). Admission is free.

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