The Davis Museum at Wellesley Kicks Off Its Summer Events on June 22

creating art at the Davis
June 21, 2017

Summer officially starts this week, and the Davis Museum at Wellesley College is celebrating tomorrow, June 22, with its inaugural Summer Kick-Off from 5 pm to 7 pm. Members of the campus community and the town of Wellesley are invited to tour the museum’s exhibits, then head outside to the Davis Plaza for a treasure hunt and interactive art activities—including painting and creating a mosaic—inspired by work in the Davis’s collection. Annie King, children’s librarian from the Wellesley Free Library, will lead story time, and food vendors will sell ice cream sandwiches, pizza, and other treats.

“We want to make sure that we are engaging with our community even while school is out for the summer,” said Arthurina Fears, manager of museum education and programs at the Davis. “Museums can be enjoyed not only for the visual connection with art indoors, but also for interactive experiences that can take place outdoors.”

On Tuesday, June 27, the Davis’s summer programming continues with another new feature, “The Art of Outdoor Yoga” taught by Sara DiVello, a nationally known yoga teacher and award-winning author who incorporates art into her classes. The sessions, which will run from noon to 1:15 pm Tuesdays through July 25, will begin with a 15-minute viewing of a meditative object inside the Davis Museum, led by Davis curators. Sign up for a single class or all four.

On June 29, the museum will screen The Little Mermaid, the first in its outdoor movie series of four hand-drawn animated films that feature characters overcoming challenges and fears. Admission is free, and so are popcorn and refreshments—including beer for anyone over 21.

“We hope that these programs will be a fun way for the community to continue to engage with the Davis over the summer and to learn about the great collections, exhibitions, and programs the museum has to offer,” said Fears. “We’re excited to offer extended museum hours during the kick-off celebration and film series, which includes tours connecting the theme of the films with the content of the museum’s collection.”

As one of the oldest and most acclaimed academic museums in the United States, the Davis Museum is a vital force in the intellectual and social life of Wellesley College and beyond. “The museum offers something for everyone: It’s a learning space for students, offers opportunities for exploration for children and their families, is a part of lifelong learning, and is a great way to explore personal enrichment for the community,” Fears said. “If you haven’t visited the Davis yet, come see for yourself that it’s a great place to explore, relax, and return.”