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Springfield Museums, Exhibit Opening

January 13 @ 10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST

Be among the first to experience our latest exhibit Animationland and discover the art and science of animation. Free with museum admission!

In a new exhibit opening on January 13, 2024, at the Springfield Museums, you can learn how animated features are created – and try your hand at making them yourself.

In Animationland, Tracey the pencil dog and her crew — Rooth, Drop, Inky, Uno, and Kari — invite visitors to join them on a fantastically immersive journey to create stories using science and imagination. Visitors will be encouraged to channel their creativity and develop their own animated production using storyboarding, sketching, stop-motion movie making, and more.

The opening day of the exhibition will feature an array of related hands-on activities across all five Museums, from 10am-5pm.

Animationland: Opening Day Schedule

Zoetropes, 10:30 am-4 pm: Test an early animation invention! Learn how speed and number of frames affects the look of the animation, and try your hand at putting together your own animation sequence. Spark!Lab, 2nd Floor, Springfield Science Museum

Exploring Early Animation, 11 am-3 pm: Test the early animation devices that made your favorite movies and shows possible. African Hall, 1st Floor, Springfield Science Museum

Zine Workshop, 11 am-3 pm: Have a story to share? A character or hero to bring to life? Use your imagination to create a Zine. Science Workshop, 2nd Floor, Springfield Science Museum

Secret Creatures, 11 am-3 pm: Create a creature of your own design with a surprise twist. Discovery Lab, Lower Level, Springfield Science Museum

Marionette Maker, 12-4 pm: Make a marionette and put on a puppet show! Art Discovery Center, 2nd Floor, GWV Smith Art Museum

Perfect for kids and adults alike, Animationland will be on exhibit from January 13-May 5 in the Springfield Science Museum, and is free with Museum admission. Museums’ members are invited to a complimentary continental breakfast and an hour of early access to Animationland on the opening day of the exhibit; reservations are required. RSVP here.

Animationland: Opening Celebration

A Gathering: Works from Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists

September 23, 2023–March 24, 2024

The first traveling museum exhibition to focus on Black ceramic artists working today, this survey of functional and sculptural ceramics shines a light on 36 innovative makers. Inspired by the recently published book Contemporary Black American Ceramic Artists and co-curated by authors Chotsani Elaine Dean and Donald a Clark, the exhibition recognizes the important, current contributions of African American ceramicists.

Various ceramic sculptures

The artworks in this exhibition demonstrate a range of techniques and explore topics of historical and contemporary relevance. Understanding the role of clay in carrying ancestral and cultural knowledge from Africa to the Americas, several artists use their medium to explore history, including histories of enslavement, as well as heritage and identity. Other artists respond to calls for social justice, celebrate Black beauty, or convey personal stories of connection, celebration, and triumph. Incorporating processes that range from wheel throwing to slab building, and showcasing works that draw inspiration from other media including quilting and graffiti, this exhibition aims to broaden conversations about contemporary studio ceramics while asserting the presence and excellence of Black makers.

This exhibition was organized by the Northern Clay Center in Minneapolis, Minnesota.

Ways of My Ancestors: We are Nipmuc. We are the Freshwater People.

September 2, 2023–February 25, 2024 Springfield Science Museum
A new installation celebrating the resilient, rich, and diverse culture of the Nipmuc People, featuring photography by:Scott Strong Hawk Foster is a Black-Native American photographer whose proud roots include Nipmuc, Mohegan, Blackfoot, and Cherokee lineage. Scott’s images tell a story. They enable the viewer to feel the atmosphere, mood, and emotions of his subject in that moment. He endeavors to share his artistry and experiences through the lens of his camera.Andre StrongBearHeart Gaines, Jr., is a citizen of the Nipmuc people. He serves as a cultural steward for his Tribe, is a father, public speaker, traditional dancer, Indigenous Activist for Indigenous rights, carpenter by trade and educator. Andre’s work focuses on bringing traditional knowledge back to Indigenous Peoples.The Springfield Museums are proud to present “Ways of My Ancestors: We Are Nipmuc. We Are Freshwater People,” an exhibit in the Science Museum that was created to celebrate and educate the public about Nipmuc people currently living and working in Central and Western Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Rhode Island.

The exhibit, which highlights the regalia, traditional arts, and current lives of Nipmuc people, was guest-curated by Andre StrongBearHeart Gaines, Jr., and features photography by Scott Strong Hawk Foster, both members of the Nipmuc tribe. This is the first exhibit featured in the Springfield Science Museum’s Native Hall that focuses exclusively on the Native people who historically occupied this land and honors the lives and work of the Nipmuc people.

Man in traditional Nipmuc Native American dress


January 13
10:00 am - 5:00 pm EST


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