It may only be spring, but it is high time you get your summer plans laid out and I suggest you join me in Cedar Rapids, Iowa July 14-15, 2012 for the Grand (Re) Opening of the National Czech and Slovak Museum and Library! As the Official Blogger for the Grand Reopening, I will be there and enjoying every minute of it!
SAVE THE DATE: PLAN ON COMING TO CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA AND JOIN IN THE FUN!
Not only is there an amazing exhibition scheduled for unveiling this weekend, but there will be a total of FIVE EXHIBITS, MUSIC, DANCING, FOOD and FUN! It will be amazing!
As reported to me by NCSML President, Gail Naughton, “an action-packed and offering ‘something-for-everyone’ Grand Opening weekend is being planned”.
Entertainment, food, beverages, and lots of activities will take place inside the museum and outside in the amphitheater and under tents. Three exceptional exhibitions will inaugurate the galleries. Presentations will be held in Heritage Hall. The Theatre will feature footage of the museum’s incredible move to its new location and a documentary film about the life and art of Alphonse Mucha. In the classrooms, children and families will have a chance to discover their inner Mucha, play with motifs found on kroje (costumes) and create their own Czech and Slovak-inspired puppet! Plus the entire building will be open for tours … every nook and cranny!
Outdoors there will be a food tent where hogs will be slow-roasted on a spit. Plus there will be a beer garden and soft drinks, water, and other snacks available for purchase.
In the outdoor amphitheater, Czech and Slovak groups from across the United States will demonstrate their talents — instrumental, vocal, dance, puppetry, and much more Saturday night there will be a concert and spectacular light show as the food tent and beer garden remain open late.
Sunday will begin with a blessing of the building and the afternoon features two performances by the Czechoslovak-American Marionette Theatre from New York City. Festival fare of pulled pork sandwiches, hot dogs and ice cream will be available while children will have the chance to meet Papa Balloon and get their faces painted!
A WORLD-CLASS OPENING EXHIBITION: ALPHONSE MUCHA
More than 230 rare works by one of the world’s most famous artists will be on view for the opening exhibition beginning July 14, 2012 at the National Czech & Slovak Museum & Library, in Cedar Rapids, IA. Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveau, features paintings, jewelry, sculptures and lithographs, is coming direct from the Mucha Foundation in Prague and London. Not since 1999 has an exhibit of this size and caliber appeared in the United States and it is the first of its type to appear in the Midwest region.
“We have been working with the Mucha Foundation for more than a year to bring this stunning exhibit to the U.S. and we are particularly thrilled that it will be the inaugural exhibition for the opening of this national museum,” said President/CEO Gail Naughton. “This is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to view the lush beauty of Mucha’s flowing, elegant artwork, which is recognized by people all over the world.”
Alphonse Mucha: Inspirations of Art Nouveauis divided into six sections and explores Mucha not just as the father of art nouveau, but also Mucha’s Moravian roots, his family, his photography and his devotion to the Slav people. You can learn more about this amazing artist at the Alphonse Mucha Foundation website.
SPECIAL HOTEL RATES AVAILABLE:
While spaces in area hotels and motels may well fill up fast, the NCSML has negotiated some preferred rates for those of us traveling from out of town! How nice of them, I say! Click here for a link the Selected Hotels!
As more information comes available, I will be sure to report it here, but this looks to be a super weekend and a chance to really enjoy some high-test Czech and Slovak heritage time!
Hope to see you in Cedar Rapids!