Bowers At Home

The Bowers is thrilled to expand its connection to our community with the launch of BOWERS AT HOME.

 

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Bowers Museum Virtual Orange County Rocks Festival

26.07.2021
Tune in and rock out to Orange County rock bands including Bite Me Bambi, 3rd Degree Blues Band, Electric Corduroy, and The Altar Billies. Projects include Rock Sculptures and Rock Candy.
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The Jr Ambassadors of the Bowers

06.07.2021
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Bowers Museum Virtual Festival of the Summer Solstice Goddess

28.06.2021
Join us to celebrate the power of women in art, music, dance and healing. Rejoice in music by Orange County School of the Arts, dance by Backhausdance, and a special performance by Breath of Fire Latina Theater Ensemble.
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Bowers Museum Virtual Fiesta de Mexico

30.05.2021
Enjoy the joyful traditions of Mexico with music by Mario and Sergio - The Cuates, and guitarist Joel Aceves. Delight in dance and song by the students from the Orange County School of the Arts, and Relampago del Cielo Folklorico. This event is held in conjunction with Arts Orange County’s Imagination Celebration. Performances: Mario & Sergio, "The Cuates" Joel Aceves, Classical Guitarist Relampago del Cielo Grupo Folklorico, Aaliyah Magcasi Classical Voice Conservatory of OCSA Contemporary Dance Conservatory of OCSA, Salsa Dance Art Project: Amate Bark Painting Food Project: Corn Tortilla demonstration by Northgate Market
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Bowers Museum Virtual Cherry Blossom Festival

26.04.2021
Celebrate this Japanese tradition with art, music and dance. Learn how to create a Bonsai tree, fold paper into an origami shape, and design an Ikebana Floral arrangement. This event is held in conjunction with Arts Orange County's Imagination Celebration. Performances by: Yu Ooka and Kimo Cornwell, “Yu-Ki Project.” Satsuki Palter, Ikebana Teachers Association of So. Ca. Kofu Bonsai Makoto Taiko Bando Hidesomi, Traditional Japanese Dance Orange County School of the Arts, School of Classical Voice Art Project: Cherry Blossom Tissue Flowers Food Demo: Marugame Udon Noodles
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Bowers Museum Virtual Festival of the Spring Equinox

28.03.2021
Spring signals a new beginning. Join us as we present songs and dance celebrating a season of hope and renewal, featuring a special performance by Orange County Ballet Theater.
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Virtual Festival of Spring Equinox Trailer

25.03.2021
Our Festivals May Be Virtual, but the Fun is Real! Featuring performers, artmaking, and food recipes! Live streamed on Facebook and Youtube at 11 AM Spring signals a new beginning. Join us as we present songs and dance celebrating a season of hope and renewal, featuring a special performance by Orange County Ballet Theater.
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Bowers Museum Virtual Chinese New Year Festival

01.03.2021
Happy Chinese New Year, the year of the Ox! We're so excited we're celebrating twice - streaming our Virtual Festival of the Chinese New Year this Sunday, February 14 and AGAIN on February 28. Enjoy performances, a cooking recipe, and an art project.
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Muscles, ninjas and cyborgs; what do these three things have in common? All are depicted on the flour sack canvases of the Bowers’ first digital exhibition, Reel Art: Movie Posters from Ghana.

This premier digital show revisits one of the most beloved Bowers permanent collection exhibitions, bringing together a group of rugged, campy and visually astonishing posters. These colorful advertisements were originally created to promote movies made available for rent throughout Ghana by an industrious group of traveling entrepreneurs. Familiar celebrity faces and fantastical interpretations of B- and C-list movies from the 1980s and ‘90s make for a wonderful viewing experience. Microwave some popcorn, sit back, relax and enjoy Reel Art from the comfort of your home.

 

 

Additional Resources for Reel Art:

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Watch Virtual Project Lesson, linked below!

 

Digital Guide

Inside The Walt Disney Archives

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Use your mobile device to visit guide.bowers.org and see exhibit highlights alongside fun facts and staff favorites. 

Don't forget to visit our Storytelling Portal to read and share your favorite Disney memories! Now available on desktop!   

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Bowers Podcast

Hear directly from experts in the fields of archaeology and more. This treasure trove of past lectures is being updated weekly for your listening pleasure!

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Tune-in and zone-out to the sounds of the Bowers Playlists. Inspired by our current exhibitions, new art projects, and the passing holidays - the Bowers will link new playlists below every week during our closure.

Click the links below to listen to:

5f3ce333 47c4 4566 8c01 e6d0d01f843bAudio Tour

Listen up everyone: this tour is for your ears only!

Visit bowers.org/audio to listen in on a virtual tour of the Bowers Museum, available in English, Spanish, and Mandarin.

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HOME ART LESSONS

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Introductions to the Indigenous People of Mexico

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Exploring Highlights of Bowers' Indonesian Collection

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Introductions to Miao Silver and Textiles Inspired By The Gallery Miao: Masters of Silver

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Exploring History Through Bowers Margaret and Cleo Key Courtyard

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Introduction to Recycled Materials and Multimedia Inspired by Earth Day

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Member Exclusives From Home

As extension of our new online portal "Bowers at Home" and its virtual offerings, Bowers Members have received exclusive access to premiere content, from live broadcasts and Q&A in our member-exclusive speaker series, "Friends of the Bowers," to videos of past lectures in our new "Best of the Bowers" video lecture archive, staff interviews and more. Click here for details.

Enjoy archives of this series on the Bowers YouTube Channel, under the Friends of the Bowers Playlist!

Community

New! Virtual Family Festivals

Our festivals may be virtual, but the fun is real!

Click here for details on the next upcoming festival or watch the full archive on Youtube and Facebook. Downloadable art projects for each event are listed below. Tag us in your projects #bowersfestival @bowersmuseum!

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Festivals

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Art Projects

Bowers Coloring Pages
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Clay Animalitos

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Styrofoam Prints

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Leaf Mandalas

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Illuminated Letters

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Collage Art

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Abstract Self-Portraits

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Rock Painting

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Thaumatrope

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Foil Repousse

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Flower Pounding

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Serving our Community

Early in the recent health crisis, Bowers Museum partnered with Mariners Church to cook, prep, and deliver meals to local hospitals for healthcare workers including Hoag Hospital, CHOC and more. Later added to this program's recipients are the families of the children in our Kidseum After School Program, all of whom are Santa Ana residents, as well as the seniors of our Anne's Treasures Program.

This program has now grown to include funding from Bowers' supporters. In total, thanks to our partners, donors and members, the Bowers has been able to provide important services for our community in 2020, including:
• 23,193 free meals for front line medical and emergency services workers, low-income children, families, and seniors, and the homeless
• 1,527 art kits for low-income children and seniors
• 1,148 bags of groceries for low-income children and seniors

If you haven’t already, please join us in raising funds for this program, as well as free art programs for children, families, and seniors, and exhibitions that showcase the world’s finest art. Click here to learn more.