Opening of the Dust Bowl exhibition at the Chandler Museum

Santan Sun News Staff

Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler is offering a variety of free programs next month as well as a new exhibit.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays.

Information: 480-782-2717 or chandlermuseum.org.Exhibitions

“Picture Home: Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler” is the new exhibit, running March 8 through August 13, that depicts the influx of Dust Bowl migrants into Chandler in the late 1930s. Government photographers Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee have documented unique stories showing these migrants and their dwellings, which were often temporary.

This exhibit is a story of Dust Bowl Chandler through unique black and white photographs. It examines what the house looked like and draws connections between Chandler of the 1930s and Chandler today. It includes the themes of housing, migration, agriculture, technology, self-sufficiency and empathy.

People are invited to stop by on March 12 and 13 for hands-on activities inspired by this exhibit. Explore cameras, create a story using photographs, and design your own milk bottle label. From 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. on March 12, musical duo Side by Side will perform.

Public objects: Works of art from the City’s permanent collection
until March 27.

Since the creation of the Public Art Ordinance in 1983, the City of Chandler has regularly collected or commissioned artwork from local, regional and national artists.

While many people have seen the monuments, murals and sculptures on public display throughout Chandler, this exhibit aims to highlight the gallery pieces that the city has acquired over the years. From paintings and photographs to ceramics and quilts, the city’s collection is as diverse as its population.

Programs
Noon-12:30 p.m. March 1: A History of Public Art in Chandler

When you’re on the go in Chandler, you can spot a utilitarian box adorned with wrens and cactus quails, walk through an arch of giant metallic flowers, or take a selfie next to a mural that beams with color. What do these various creations have in common? Since 1983, Chandler has developed innovative and sustainable ways to fund and acquire art that is relevant to neighborhoods and accessible to everyone.

Peter Bugg, the town’s visual arts coordinator, will discuss the town’s program.

Guarantee a place at: eventbrite.com/e/history-bites-community-and-creativity-a-history-of-public-art-in-chandler-tickets-239492236727

11am-2pm March 19: Dust Bowl Era Games

What did children play with during the Dust Bowl era? Purchased or homemade, this selection will highlight the history of the 1930s.

Bring your family and your toys with classic games and toys. Revise the classics or explore something new! Each month offers a different set of games and toys. Outdoor games and activities will be available in the yard weather permitting.

10:30-11:15 a.m. March 2 and 16: Cotton

From sprout to capsule, sprout as we uncover what has taken root in Chandler. Thrive with sensory bins and cotton-themed crafts.

These 45-minute programs are led by our friendly educators who compare everyday objects from yesterday and today. With new themes each month, program participants will start together with a central topic, then split into family groups to participate in multiple activity stations. Intended for 3-5 year olds.

10:30-11:15 a.m. March 30: Museum Helpers

Become a museum assistant, learn what museum people do and create your own exhibition idea.

These 45-minute programs are led by our friendly educators who compare everyday objects from yesterday and today. With new themes each month, program participants will start together with a central topic, then split into family groups to participate in multiple activity stations. Intended for 3-5 year olds.

10.30am-11.15am March 9 and 13: Art Tots

Help create a community piece of art at the museum and take a small painting home with you to share with your neighborhood.

Want to make art with your little one but don’t want to clean up the mess? Come watch a 45-minute program led by our friendly educators that is an age-appropriate introduction to different art styles and concepts.

With new themes each month, program participants will start with a central topic, then split into family groups to participate in multiple art-centric activity stations. Intended for 3-5 year olds.