Two local museums named national finalists for community outreach
Two museums in our region are making a difference in the community, and they are getting national recognition for it. Taubman Museum of Art in Roanoke and Virginia Museum of Natural History in Martinsville are finalists for the Institute of Museum and Library Services’ (IMLS) National Medal of Museum and Library Service. They are two of 30 museums and libraries from across the country and the only ones from Virginia. Dr. Joe Keiper, executive director of Virginia Museum of Natural History is feeling that same energy. In 2020, the museum staff’s passion for the community could be seen at drive-thru museum experiences across Virginia.
Latinx artists tell stories of anxiety in new Taubman Museum exhibition
ROANOKE, Va. – The Taubman Museum of Art is revealing its newest exhibition this Saturday, but 10 News is giving you a sneak peek. “A Very Anxious Feeling: Voices of Unrest in the American Experience” showcases 70 pieces of art from the Beth Rudin DeWoody Collection that goes with the central theme of anxiety. All the artists are Latinx or Latin Americans living or working in the U.S. and this exhibition amplifies their voices and experiences. Taubman Museum will also have virtual talks and studio tours with artists. For museum hours and additional information on the exhibition, click here.
Roanoke retirees using art to bring smilies to kids at Carilion
ROANOKE, Va. – A retirement community in Roanoke is using art to make pediatric patients smile. On Tuesday Friendship residents painted ceiling tiles that will be put in hospital rooms and in the corridor of different Carilion Clinic locations. Studies show art in a clinical setting can help reduce anxiety and improve blood pressure. “Our residents enjoy doing anything that serves the community, think it gives them a good feeling and they’re having fun too so that’s the important thing,” said , Friendship Retirement Community Activities Coordinator Pat Walters. We’re doing it by building so folks will be painting with their neighbors.”The Healing Ceiling Tiles project is part of a partnership between Carilion and the Taubman Museum of Art.
Taubman Museums annual Sidewalk Art Show moves online
ROANOKE, Va. One of downtown Roanokes most beloved traditions is moving from the sidewalk to the computer. Over the past six decades, the Taubman Museum of Arts annual Sidewalk Art Show has attracted thousands of visitors. One is an online shop that already has more than 100 works for sale from 25 artists, while the main event will happen Aug. 15-16. Continuing that tradition as traditions evolve, especially during this time frame, to an online event is key not only for the museum but for the community and for the artists that are involved, said Cindy Petersen, executive director of the Taubman Museum of Art. Click here to learn more about the virtual Sidewalk Art Show.
Taubman Museum of Art reopens with new art and safety measures
ROANOKE, Va. You can now add visits to the Taubman Museum of Art back to your weekend plans. Taubman Museum will now require guests 10 or older to wear a mask. Visitors can enjoy some traditional Taubman Museum favorites as well as the new Celestial Centennial exhibition featuring art by Roanoke native, Dorothy Gillespie. Taubman Museum is constantly coming up with new ways people can experience art, touchless. While closed, Taubman Museum did community outreach like delivering art cards to hospital workers, patients and to those living in retirement homes.
Whats News Today: Taubman, local pool reopens
ROANOKE, Va. The Taubman Museum of Art reopens in downtown Roanoke today. The museum will be open on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. and Sunday noon to 5 p.m. The pool at the Holiday Lake 4-H Educational Center opens to the public today. The center was able to do this after summer camps were canceled because of the pandemic. The pool is open daily through Labor Day.
Taubman Museum of Art set to reopen July 3
ROANOKE, Va. A Roanoke museum is getting ready to open its doors, but things will look different because of the coronavirus. The Taubman Museum of Art in downtown Roanoke will reopen on July 3. Face coverings will be mandatory for all staff and guests 10 years and up and the number of guests will be limited and social distancing will be enforced. The museum will also be cleaned and sanitized regularly.
'Community through art: Taubman Museum launches outreach program to distribute art kits, meals
ROANOKE, Va. The Taubman Museum of Arts doors may be closed, but theyre still finding ways to share art with the community in launching a new outreach program called Brush Pals. Brush Pals provides weekly art kits for children served through Feeding Southwest Virginia. On Monday, the first round of art kits were distributed along with meals for those at the Community Solutions Center on Melrose Avenue. Going forward, Brush Pals will also be distributed to the Rescue Mission and various retirement centers. The Taubman hopes to impact 20,000 people throughout southwest Virginia through the end of August.
Whats News Today: city talks, kid art
ROANOKE, Va. Roanoke City Council will discuss the city's budget today. As we've reported, city leaders are making across the board cuts to everything from library services to human services and maintenance. The Taubman Museum of Art will join Feeding Southwest Virginia for a Childrens Feeding Program. They will hand out meals and snacks, as well as sculpture art kits, with lessons on sculpture, modeling clay and an activity sheet. Pittsylvania County will reopen its public offices today.
Mother's Day events across Southwest, Central Virginia
ROANOKE, Va. – Mother's Day is Sunday, and perhaps you're looking for something to do to celebrate all things mom? Whether it's a brunch or a trip to a local attraction, there's sure to be something special in store to do across Southwest and Central Virginia. Take part in Mother's Day Yoga at Altus, a Mother's Day Brunch at Peaks of Otter Lodge or visit the Taubman Museum of Art for its "Mother's Day Paper Flowers: Family Tea Party" event. View the Community Calendar below for more event ideas coming up: