Southern Utah Museum of Art offers Tuesday events
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Southern Utah Museum of Art offers Tuesday events

By Brooke Vlasich

To bring more art-related activities to the residents of Iron County, the Southern Utah Museum of Art, or SUMA, will offer a variety of programs on various Tuesdays throughout the spring semester. The museum kicked off the semester with Create Playdate aimed at preschoolers and their parents Jan. 16. The monthly program will continue throughout the spring Adults can participate in Lunch and Melody in the Museum. All activities are free and open to the public.

“This spring, we are excited to expand our public programming,” said Jessica Farling, SUMA director and curator. “We hope that families will join us on select Tuesdays for Create Playdate or attend the new Melody in the Museum program. With other Tuesdays being geared toward adults, there really is something for everyone this semester at SUMA.”

Those wanting to learn more about art can join Lunch and Learn and dive into art history. On Feb. 13, Dr. Andrew Marvick will discuss the history of installation artists including Marcel Duchamp, Ai WeiWei, and Spencer Finch. On April 10, Farling will present history behind modern and contemporary sculpture with discussions about Henry Moore, Alexander Calder, and James Surls. Both events begin at noon Attendees are invited to bring their lunches while drinks and desserts will be provided.

If patrons are also music lovers, Melody in the Museum will be presented Feb. 27 and April 24. Starting at noon, faculty or students from Southern Utah University’s music department will perform 30-minute concerts on the museum’s Steinway & Sons piano.

Parents seeking daytime activities for their preschool children (ages 3 to 5) can join Create Playdate. This 45-minute program begins with a story and is followed by creative activities in visual and performing arts. Led by students from the Beverley Taylor Sorenson College of Education and Human Development, Create Playdate is a partnership between SUMA and artsFUSION.

“Create Playdate is so much fun because my students get to work with young children and their parents,” said Alisa Petersen, Beverley Taylor Sorenson Endowed Chair of Elementary Arts. “This program provides my students the opportunity to take their ideas off the page and turn them into real-life experiences.” These remaining activities will be held Feb. 20, March 20, April 17, and May 15 at 11 a.m.

Visit SUMA this spring semester to see how the museum is creating shared experiences in art for all Iron County residents. For more information on adult programs, please click here. For more information on family programs, please click here.

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