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Submitted by the Castellani Art Museum
As the Castellani Art Museum (CAM) of Niagara University begins a busy new year filled with dynamic exhibitions, community programs for all ages, public tours, and thought-provoking discussions and lectures, among other initiatives, CAM Director Ellen Owens reflected on the museum’s success in 2022.
“We are thrilled to share our spring 2023 programs. We wish to bring people together to inspire dialogue, creativity and learning, with art as the catalyst,” Owens said. “I’ve been grateful for the support our communities have shown as we rebuilt our programs last year. The CAM staff have been working hard to offer relevant topics that connect with our guests’ interests. We look forward to seeing both familiar faces and newcomers at the CAM – all are welcome!”
The CAM’s programs range from free to nominally priced. Hours of operation are Wednesday from 1-7 p.m. and Friday to Sunday from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. General admission is free.
Child & Family-Friendly Programs
•Folklife workshops – Saturdays, 2-3:30 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/folklifeworkshop: Folklife workshops are small, hands-on programs led by local folk artists and tradition bearers that engage participants in the diverse cultural heritage of the region.
√ Jan. 21: Japanese calligraphy. Learn about the diverse techniques used in Japanese calligraphy (shodō) and create your own artwork.
√ March 18: Wirework. Learn the traditional art of wire jewelry making by weaving and crocheting metal wires and creating your own stunning piece.
•Art Express – Saturdays, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/art-express. Children ages 6 to 12 years old participate in museum exploration and hands-on art making.
√ Jan: 28: Icy winter. Discover the artistic song of snow, ice and the winter season, as we explore how they create beautiful poetic landscapes.
√ Feb. 25: Colorful story quilts. Explore the powerful traditions of African American storytelling through the colorful quilt artwork of Faith Ringgold while making art inspired by this imaginative Black artist.
√ March 25.: Materials march. Explore and connect with different materials and textures that make art, art. Whether it's oil or acrylic, canvas or burlap, buttons or feathers, students will engage in different artistic mediums and materials in a sensory-filled art session.
√ April 22: “Flower Power Hour,” led by Zach Daddis. Participants will celebrate Earth Day with an empowering exploration of nature, landscapes and wildlife, and by creating earth-inspired artwork.
Adult Arts & Culture Programs
•CAM public tours – Saturdays, 1-2 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/campublictours. Drop by on first Saturdays for a 45-minute pay-what-you-wish public tour of a current exhibition, followed by a 15-minute curator Q&A session. RSVP is encouraged.
√ Feb. 4: “Ecce Sublimia: The Art of Christianity.” Explore how art from the CAM collection, Western New York worship sites, and student research is used to teach religion at NU.
√ March 4: “Survive, Remember, Thrive.” This exhibition accompanies the film series of the identical title and features local artworks, crafts, family objects, scanned historic photographs and ephemera.
√ April 1: “Imaginary Worlds: Behind the Scenes with Niagara University Theatre.” Explore the hands-on processes, experiences and management of theatrical art.
•“Currents: Arts & Culture Discussion Series,” Tuesdays, 6-7:30 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/camcurrents. “Currents” is a moderated discussion series that aligns with trends in the art world through animated discussions with the presenters. Light refreshments served.
√ Feb. 7: “Museums During Conflict: Saving Cultural Heritage.” Learn how museums and their collections have often been the target of looting, and why attacks on cultural heritage are so pervasive during conflicts.
√ April 25: Preserving local landmarks. Learn about the compelling Prophet Isaiah’s Second Coming House, a home decorated from top to bottom with Robinson’s colorful art.
•“CAM Meets: Arts & Culture Lecture Series,” Wednesday, 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. RSVP at bit.ly/cammeets. “CAM Meets” is an engaging lecture series that provides presentations on art-making and cultural topics for a broad audience. Light refreshments served.
√ March 8: “Community Perspectives: Preserving Armenian Heritage.” Led by Dawn Sakalian, CAM volunteer and assistant director of “Survive, Remember, Thrive,” a fascinating CAM short documentary series about Armenian heritage in the Niagara Region.