CAM Raleigh announces opening weekend exceeds goal and announces free admission at first fridays program
Raleigh, NC – More than 2,500 people attended CAM Raleigh’s opening weekend. Generously supported by Progress Energy, the community was invited to take part in CAM Raleigh’s opening festivities and view two exhibitions featuring Steinhilber in the main galleries and Naoko Ito in the Independent Weekly Gallery Emerging Artist Series. Kicking off the weekend with a private party held inside and on the surrounding streets, CAM Raleigh board members and staff thanked supporters and funders for their generosity and enthusiasm. “Many thanks go out to our countless supporters for making this dream come to true, this is a group that imagined, persevered, and achieved. We look forward to showcasing artists and designers that you may not know today but will tomorrow,” said Raven Manocchio, Chairman of the CAM Raleigh Advisory Board.
CAM Raleigh has planned a significant array of programs to engage the community. First on the calendar is First Fridays. Held on the first Friday of every month and complemented with free admission starting at 6:30 p.m. Each First Friday event will offer a not-to-be-missed hands-on project inspired by the artwork on view. This first Friday, May 6, 2011, visitors are invited to view the work of featured artist Dan Steinhilber and create their own work of art using hangers and string. Materials, inspiration, and instruction are complimentary.
In addition to the hands-on activities, CAM Raleigh’s student docents from Leesville Road Middle School will be stationed throughout the museum galleries to engage with visitors and share their unique perspective of the works on view. CAM Raleigh’s young docents have attended a series of after-school training sessions where they have discussed the museum and its role in the community, met the exhibiting artists and witnessed the creation and installation of the artwork featured in the exhibitions. CAM Raleigh launched its first Student Docent Program in March 2011. Moore Square Museums Magnet Middle School and Leesville Road Middle School selected students to participate in this new program designed to equip students with the necessary skills to discover and connect with contemporary art and design.
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