Stardust sign comes alive
In another “first” for the Neon Museum, partial restoration is complete for the spectacular Stardust sign. The sign was “re-lamped” by sign experts while still located in the Neon Boneyard and guests were able to witness the intricacies that make a sign function.
The sign was officially turned on in early March for visitors to enjoy during their visit to The Neon Museum.
Fun fact: The Stardust letters contain about 1,150 bulbs.
A little history: The Stardust, one of the most iconic hotel-resorts on the Las Vegas Strip, opened July 2, 1958, and quickly became known for its neon signage, showgirls and underworld connections. Its signage, like the property, was updated over the years.
At its opening, the guest list was a who's who of governors, senators, city and county officials and Hollywood celebrities.
Now Museum guests will be able to gaze upon the sign in its lighted glory and be transported in time to that era, thanks to the Museum’s restoration efforts.
Creative Aging Workshops Complete
The Neon Museum recently completed an eight-session series of “Poetic Storytelling” workshops designed to enrich arts learning programs for older adults across the United States. The Museum partnered with the Aroha Philanthropies Vitality Arts program as one of 25 museums nationwide to receive funding to develop positive aging education programs. The Neon Museum grant was $25,000.
Recent Clark County Poet Laureate Vogue Robinson led the final program, engaging a vibrant group from the Atria Seville Senior Living community with an age group ranging from 55 to 98.
Workshop participants toured the Neon Boneyard and Ne10 Studio, taking inspiration from the collection to tell stories of both the signs and their own personal histories. After eight sessions, the culminating event at Atria Seville featured selected poetry readings.
Neon2020 Is Coming!
Work has begun on the 32,000-square-foot building which sits directly across Las Vegas Boulevard from the Neon Museum. The expansion will provide additional space for an indoor gallery, more signs, a neon bending lab and classrooms. The building will be named Ne10, representing neon’s chemical symbol, Ne, and atomic number, 10.