Looking back, ahead for education and engagement

educationWow! What a year it was for education and engagement at The Neon Museum, and what a year we have planned for you in 2017. As you may know, we welcome artists, performers, scholars and community volunteers to contribute to the vibrant cultural scene in Las Vegas. Here are some highlights and a look ahead to 2017:

Programs introduced in 2016

whitney-lynnNational Artist-in-Residence: Whitney Lynn

Last June we welcomed San Francisco-based artist Whitney Lynn, who was selected from 20 applicants to reside in downtown Las Vegas for a monthlong residency.

Lynn created a series of drawings that reworked Old Master and Post-Impressionist paintings of temptresses into proposals for neon signs, including fully realized signs and other drawings that were meant to “interrogate an individual’s interpretation of an image,” Lynn said. The residency included an artist meet-and-greet at Mingo Kitchen and Lounge in Las Vegas’ Arts Square, an artist’s talk at our downtown Las Vegas studio, and finally a studio open house that showcased Lynn’s finished works.

mylasvegasMy Las Vegas!

In September the museum partnered with bilingual master storytellers Liz Mangual and Bob Kanegis (of StoryConnection), who shared traditional tales of the Southwest and taught about sign designer Raul Rodriguez on visits to Bracken, Hollingsworth and Long elementary schools. Selected students and family members then were invited to the museum for a special storytelling event in the Neon Boneyard. In addition, the fourth graders and their teachers from these three schools will tour the Boneyard this spring. In total the program reached more than 2,000 students in the Clark County School District.

timesofthesignsUpcoming in 2017

Times of the Signs Scholar in Residence Lecture: Martin Treu
from 7 p.m. – 8:30 p.m., Wednesday, Feb. 1.

The Neon Museum welcomes its 2017 scholar in residence Martin Treu, architect, graphic designer, urbanist and author of Signs, Streets and Storefronts: A History of Architecture and Graphics Along America’s Commercial Corridors. Free lecture at Ne10, 300 Las Vegas Blvd., North.

juniortoursJunior Interpreter Tours
Jan. 21, Feb. 18, March 18, April 15 and May 20, 9:30 a.m. - 10:45 a.m.

Learn about the art, design and the science behind the signs in this interactive experience for families with children. Neon Museum's middle and high school age volunteers lead the Junior Interpreter tours offered once a month from September through May with tickets available at the beginning of each month. This program is recommended for families and children ages 4 and up. $5 per person; children under 6 are free. Offered monthly September-May.