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Your Guide to the Spring Season at Crystal Bridges

We are slowly creeping into spring! As the flowers bloom and the leaves fill the forest with color, we have new exhibitions, exciting artists, family-friendly events, and flowers in the galleries to bring you back to life this season.

Whether you’re trying to find activities for your kids or grandkids during Spring Break, looking for activities with visiting family during Easter weekend, seeking stimulating events to expand your mind, or just want to get back out on the trails, here’s what Crystal Bridges has to offer this spring.

 

Take a walk on the trails and enjoy outdoor events

Crystal Bridges has over five miles of walking and biking trails around the grounds of the museum. This is the perfect time to discover native flora and fauna of the area- trail walkers can download our CB Outdoors app for maps, plant guides, and more for a self-guided tour through the woods. Guests can also take advantage of our bountiful nature / outdoor programs such as Discover the Grounds and Family Nature Workshops to learn something new from an expert and participate in fun art activities. No need to stick to the galleries – we have over 30 sculptures along the trails, so you can also enjoy art while you’re outside.

Come and celebrate Earth Day in the forest with us on Wednesday, April 22 during Forest Fun, beginning at 5:30 p.m. Play games, make nature crafts, explore the forest, and more! The event is free.

 

[CANCELED] Admire beautiful blooms at Art in Bloom

Art in Bloom, Crystal Bridges’ annual celebration uniting the power of art with the beauty of nature, will take place at the museum on March 20-23. 16 regional florists and shops will each create a unique floral arrangement based on an artwork in the Crystal Bridges permanent collection. The arrangements will be on display in the galleries for all to enjoy during Art in Bloom. The event is free to attend.

This event has been canceled due to Crystal Bridges’ response to COVID-19. Follow our updates.

 

[CANCELED] Enjoy artmaking activities at Spring Break Specials

During spring break, families and visitors of all ages are welcome to join us for Spring Break Specials on March 21-29. Each afternoon between 1 and 4 p.m., the museum will offer family-friendly performances and artmaking activities. The event is free to attend each day.

This event has been canceled due to Crystal Bridges’ response to COVID-19. Follow our updates.

 

[CANCELED] Join us for Drag Night on April Fools’ Day

It may be taking place on April Fools’, but this event is NO JOKE. Presented in collaboration with C4 Nightclub, join us in the Great Hall for an evening of music, performance, laughter, and drinks with the Queens for Crystal Bridges second Drag Night! The evening will begin with a cocktail hour from 5:30-6:30 p.m., followed by a Drag Show at 7 p.m. featuring some of Northwest Arkansas’s drag talent including Iman DeMarco, Chloe Jacobs, O’Shea Reed, and Host Taylor Madison Monroe. DJ AfrosiaJ will provide the music, and the night will conclude with a special performance by State of the Art 2020 artist, Cherdonna Shinatra! The event is FREE with online registration – register here.

This event has been canceled due to Crystal Bridges’ response to COVID-19. Follow our updates.

 

[CANCELED] Practice wellness on Mindful Mondays

Yoga + Art, Meditation + Mindfulness

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Take some time to unwind at the museum with Mindful Mondays.

Every first Monday of the month, grab your yoga mat and head to Yoga + Art at the museum after work, led by instructors from Yoga Story.

Every second Monday of the month, join us for Meditation + Mindfulness in the galleries where we focus on a specific artwork and take some time meditating in front of it.

Also, don’t miss World Tai Chi and Qigong Day on Saturday, April 25! Each year on the last Saturday of April, people all over the world come together, to breathe together, providing a healing vision for our world. Beginning at 10 a.m., demonstrations will include Tai Chi Yang form, Chen Form, 24 Simplified form, Tai Chi Sword, and more, performed by local practitioners. Guests are invited to come and watch these ancient art forms, or join in during one of the guided demonstrations.

These events have been canceled through the end of April due to Crystal Bridges’ response to COVID-19. Follow our updates.

 

See our exhibitions: All Things Being Equal… and State of the Art 2020

Hank Willis Thomas: All Things Being Equal… is on view at Crystal Bridges from now through April 20, 2020. This exhibition is the first comprehensive survey of the acclaimed and award-winning artist’s career, featuring over 90 of his artworks including photographs, sculpture, mixed media, and more. Crystal Bridges is offering a roster of programs inspired by the show.

State of the Art 2020 is on view at both Crystal Bridges and the Momentary now through May 24, 2020. The exhibition features the work of 61 artists working around the country today, seeking to answer the question: what does art in the United States look like in the year 2020? It is free for all at both locations. This spring, several artists from the show will be leading classes, gallery talks, and workshops at Crystal Bridges and in the community, including:

  • Chicago-based artist Edra Soto will be conducting two drop-in workshops (Sunday, March 1, 1 p.m. at Crystal Bridges and Monday, March 2, 10:30 a.m. at Northwest Arkansas Community College) to decorate bottles with cast materials. Finished artworks may be used in Soto’s work. Both events are free to attend.
  • Fayetteville, Arkansas-based artist Anthony Sonnenberg will be conducting a free gallery talk at the Momentary on Saturday, March 14 at 1 p.m. He will also be leading an Adult Workshop on Sunday, March 15 at 1 p.m. in which guests will create a wearable ceramic work of art. Tickets are available here.
  • Houston-based artist JooYoung Choi will be conducting several family-friendly art workshops at the end of March, including a gallery talk (Friday, March 27 at 1 p.m.), a family workshop where visitors will create puppets and film their creations in front of a green screen (Friday, March 27 at 5 p.m.), and a drop-in artmaking event at the Springdale Public Library on Saturday, March 28 at 10 a.m. All events are free to attend.
  • Atlanta-based artist Jiha Moon will be leading an Art by the Glass workshop on Friday, April 3 at 6:30 p.m. Guests are welcome to create a small painting that layers rich colors, paper, and decals while sipping a glass of wine! All materials, plus appetizers and one glass of beer or wine will be provided.

These events have been canceled through the end of April due to Crystal Bridges’ response to COVID-19. Follow our updates.

 

Turn your world upside down looking at After the Last Supper

Devorah Sperber’s popular artwork After the Last Supper (2005) is coming back on view at Crystal Bridges! Made up of an astounding 20,736 thread spools, the work uses an unexpected material on an epic scale to turn art history on its head. This work has not been on view since the Wonder World exhibition in 2011-12, so make sure to stop by the Early American Art Gallery and see it in person. 

 

See you at the museum this spring!

 

Special thanks to our sponsors:

Drag Night is sponsored by The Hershey Company, Johnson & Johnson Consumer Inc., and Leisurlist.

Yoga + Art and Meditation and Mindfulness are sponsored by Northwest Arkansas Naturals.

Adult Workshops and Art by the Glass are sponsored by Roblee Orthodontics.

 

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