Sunday, March 29, 2009

Art Venture Opening At The Taubman Museum

Art Venture Ribbon Cutting

Art Venture Ribbon Cutting

A perfect sunny day brought out 100s to the opening of Art Venture  that offers exhibits and programs for children throughout the week. Parents visiting with children no more would be left wondering what’s in it for the children. The whole family now has something to do and see at the Taubman Museum. The opening reception held in the boardroom and lobby honored the Strausses who were the benefactors of Art Ventures.

The ribbon cutting was performed by Georganne Bingham, Ab Boxley the incoming President of the Museum Board, David Brown, and the Strauss’ grandchildren.

There were puppets (my favorite), a computer where kids could experiment with composing their own electronic music. That is what brought Phillip Ferguson, an 18 year-old senior from Patrick Henry High School to the museum for the first time. Ferguson is on a website

As corrected by the commentor the concept is an interactive audio and visual interactive electronic music installation with special focus on the 8-bit and circuit-bending online/international community of video game hardware hackers and homebrewers. Their music is arranged and performed primarily on lo-bit hand-held gaming devices such as GameBoys, vintage video game consoles such as the Atari and Commodore 64 revered for the their rich and distinct sound. Visitors are educated in the creation of electronic music and video through the interactive technology of the 8-bit video game hardware such as GameBoys using Nanoloop firmware. For more visit Receptors Music HERE.

The Lumia Lab was very popular with the younger kids. Arie Arbouw, 2-years old was fascinated by the colors as his mom, Kimberly looked on.

Now the Taubman can offer Birthday parties that are priced at $125 for members and $175 for non-members. Themes like Pirates A-Plenty and Belle of the Ball run from $150 for members and $190 for non-members. There are many more add ons available too.

The Art Venture schedule: Tuesdays – Mommy and Me Mornings: 10:00 to 11:30 AM; Wednesdays – The Art of Storytelling 1:00 to 3:30 PM; Thursdays – Comic Capers 3:30 to 5:00 PM; Fridays -Passionate About Printmaking 3:30 to 5:00 PM; Saturdays – The Art of the Family 10:00 t0 11:30 AM.

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Education, Local Events


Comments (4)


March 30th, 2009 at 6:58 AM    

the “garageband ” software IS NOT part of the installation, it’s just a site the kid went to on the nearby computer, the music installation is all gameboys which you can see in the background there. how’d you miss that?


March 30th, 2009 at 12:07 PM    

Thank you Mark – I corrected the garageband and elaborated on the technology with links to more information.


March 30th, 2009 at 1:31 PM    

hey thanks rfp for reiterating that detail there.


March 30th, 2009 at 1:35 PM    

oops just fyi, i should have specified it was the was on the apple garageband:

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