Heading to a museum is a good way to beat the summer heat, especially when the museum has something extra going on.
Heard Museum’s “Hot Fun in a Cool Place” weekends, held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday, June 21 through July 28, will offer guests lots of extras, from live music and dance performances to scavenger hunts through the galleries.
American Indian painters will create a mural before guests’ eyes 10:30 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. June 22 and 29. Visitors can help with a paint-by-numbers mural July 6, 13, 20 and 27.
A slew of films will be screened, including 2008’s “Chocolate: Pathways to the Gods” (11 a.m. July 5), the 3,000-year-old history of chocolate from Mesoamerica to European royalty; “Turquoise Rose” (1 p.m. July 19), a 2007 coming-of-age story about a college student who begrudgingly forgoes a trip to Europe to care for her ailing grandmother on the Navajo Reservation; and “Expiration Date” (1 p.m. July 5), the 2006 story of Charlie Silvercloud III, whose father and grandfather were killed by milk trucks on their 25th birthdays and who believes he will carry on a family curse.
There are also documentaries on famous Native American luminaries Maria Tallchief, an Osage ballet dancer, poet and activist John Trudell, and artist Allan Houser.
Additionally, animated 24-minute episodes of the children’s series “Raven Tales” will be shown at 1 p.m. and 3 p.m. Saturdays.
Visitors can also watch artists create pottery, textiles, baskets and beadwork live on site.
For a full schedule of events, go to Heard.org/HotFunInACoolPlace.html.
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