The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS), an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution, has been awarded a $15,000 grant from H-E-B Helping Here supporting art and culture, removing the financial barrier for unique informal, family learning experiences. Programs include a virtual Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) program, free admission days and monthly virtual Workshop Wednesday programming with free supply kits.
Leading up to the Día de los Muertos Celebration, view our community altar exhibit, take part in a live Workshop Wednesday on papel picado, and visit the museum on free admission days thanks to the support of H-E-B Helping Here. IMAS general admission is free from October 29-31. Daily hours Thursday through Saturday are 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. and 2:00-5:00 p.m. Free admission is also free on Wednesday, October 28 for a sensory-friendly experience from 10:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
The virtual Día de los Muertos Celebration will be held on Sunday, November 1, 2020, online through fb.com/imasmuseum and https://www.youtube.com/user/IMASmuseum. Free celebration bags will include sugar skull decoration kits and art supplies for families participating online at home. Register in advance for these limited free kits on the IMAS website. Curbside pick-up for kits will be at IMAS on 29-31 during operating hours.
Workshop Wednesdays feature monthly videos on art techniques, artists, and art movements. Viewers will also have the option of picking up a free supply kit for the workshop at the museum beforehand. Visit theimasonline.org for program kit registration throughout the year.
Workshop Wednesday workshop art activities include papel picado (Oct.), corn husk wreaths (Nov.), papier-mâché animal masks (Dec.), still life sketching (Jan.), kinetic sculpture (Feb.), women artists (Mar.), zentangle art (Apr.), DADA poetry collage (May), cubism portraits (Jun.), and optical art (Jul.).
IMAS cultural programs are supported in part by a grant from Humantities Texas.
Watch the Dia de los Muertos Celebration, Originally Aired November 1, 2020
Pictured: The IMAS displays ofrendas in an annual exhibit of community altars in celebration of Dia de los muertos. Community altars will be on display October 21 through November 14, 2020.
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The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution. The mission of the International Museum of Art & Science is to promote a deeper appreciation of the arts and sciences through its exhibitions, cultural events, and educational programs; and to preserve, expand, and display its permanent art and science collections. The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue at 1900 W. Nolana in McAllen, Texas. Modified hours of operation beginning on June 11, 2020, are 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Thursdays; 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. and 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Fridays and Saturdays; Wednesday 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. reserved for visitors with sensory sensitivities. Current admission is $1 (ages 4 & up).