On Sunday, May 2, the San Bernardino County Museum will celebrate International Museums Day with games, art, and music. In collaboration with the Kiwanis Club of Redlands Noon, the museum will present "Spring in for Art, Music, and Fun" from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Sponsored by the James Irvine Foundation, admission to the museum will be free that day.
Children and families can participate in artistic activities such as making sock puppets, chalk art, face painting, balloon sculptures, and musical performances. Visitors will also see assemblage art, and silk screening art by the Redlands High School teachers and students. Various organizations will also be onsite to provide information and activities to visitors, including Heavenly Healing Paws and their therapy dogs, Redlands Fire Department with their fire truck, and Redlands Citizen Volunteer Patrol.
"This is a true collaboration that provides excellent opportunities for community members to enjoy a special day together," said Curator of Education Jolene Redvale. "Our sponsor, the James Irvine Foundation, promotes working together to bring arts opportunities to our community. By partnering with Redlands Noon Kiwanis, we pool resources from many other organizations to provide this event. It's great to work together in this way."
From noon to 2 p.m., the Beadazzled Beaders will demonstrate beading techniques. Classical guitarist Ana Gonzáles will perform folk and rancho-era ballads at the Hall of Geological Wonders amphitheatre from 2 to 4 p.m. Ana González was born in México into a family of musicians. Her father, the violinist Efraín González, and mother, Professor Ana María Ruano, encouraged her love of traditional forms. She started more serious voice training at the age of 16 with Mexican tenor Flavio Becerra and continued her musical education at the school of music of the University of Guadalajara and the School of Sacred Music in Toluca, Mexico. She first came to the United States in 2000. She is a member and a soloist for the Community Chorus of Redlands.
"When nurtured, imagination and creativity flourish," said Terrill Levinson-Wickham, PhD, Kiwanis member and co-organizer for the event. "Art begins at birth. It is an essential component of being human--permitting self-expression and connection with our inner selves, with others and our world."