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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 Family Festival of Winter Holiday Celebrations

05.01.2021
Join a celebration of winter holidays traditions. Performances include: Kwanzaa Presentation by Ms. Imani Harris and Dwayne Roberts, Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana Selections from the Nutcracker Ballet by Orange County Ballet Theater, directed by and Jennifer and Dimitri Kulev Christmas songs by Gavin Braun Balloon Artistry by Teresa Williams Chanukah Presentation by Sarit Zorano Art Project: Piñata
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Bowers Museum Virtual Family Festival of Winter Holiday Celebrations

28.12.2020
Join a celebration of winter holidays traditions. Performances include: Kwanzaa Presentation by Ms. Imani Harris and Dwayne Roberts, Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana Selections from the Nutcracker Ballet by Orange County Ballet Theater, directed by and Jennifer and Dimitri Kulev Christmas songs by Gavin Braun Balloon Artistry by Teresa Williams Chanukah Presentation by Sarit Zorano Art Project: Piñata Recipe: Holiday Cookies
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Trailer for Virtual Festival of Winter Holiday Celebrations

22.12.2020
Head to the Bowers' Facebook page on Sunday, December 27 at 11 AM for a livestream of this month's Virtual Family Festival: Winter Holiday Celebrations!
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Bowers Museum Virtual Family Festival of International Dance

29.11.2020
Join us for an exciting virtual experience of dance from Spain, the Pacific Islands and the Middle East. Live performances: Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco accompanied by flamenco guitarist Andres Vadin Bella Luna Dance Company Tribal dance Relampago del Cielo Folklorico Manea Dance Hawaiian and Tahitian Art Project: Uli-Uli Rattles Food Recipe: Croquette Tapas
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Trailer: Virtual Festival of International Dance

25.11.2020
Join us Live on FB November 29 at 11 AM for Bowers' FREE Virtual Festival of International Dance. Details at bowers.org/programs.
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Bowers Museum Day of the Dead Virtual Family Festival

26.10.2020
Enjoy live stream of performances, art projects and a food experience. Remember loved ones with a celebration of their lives by enjoying their favorite music, food and mementos of their time with us. We’ll show you how to create an ofrenda (memorial altar) for a beloved family member, friend, or cherished pet and how to decorate a sugar skull to place on the ofrenda or give as a gift.
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Bowers Museum September Virtual Family Festival

28.09.2020
Join us to celebrate the traditional Asian festival of the Autumn Moon with music and dance performances, art projects and a food recipe that will delight the entire family.
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Miao: Masters of Silver Sneak Peek

24.09.2020
Now on view at the Bowers, Miao: Masters of Silver is an incredible collection of over 250 textiles and silverwork made by the Miao culture of southeastern China, including headdresses, breastplates, earrings, necklaces, and more. Free with General Admission. Tickets at bowers.org.
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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:

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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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Listen to Music Playlist

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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!

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New! Virtual Family Festivals

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

Next Up:

Virtual Festival of Chocolate!

Sunday, January 31

Live streamed on Facebook at 11 AM

Enjoy a virtual program of music and dance from the North and South American lands of Chocolate.
Performances include:
-MEXIKA “Music and dance of Ancient Mexico“ with Martin Espino and Tlalla Esparza
-Bungkus Artlab, Indonesia, and Deswin Hardiyanto
-Cantamerica
-Isla Café

Art project: Cacao Mola Art

Recipe: Chocolate Bombs

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Watch the archive of our December Festival. The Virtual Festival of Winter Holiday Celebrations was held on Sunday, December 27.

Download Festival Projects | Preview

Download Festival Flyer | Preview

December's Virtual Family Festival Includes:

  • Kwanzaa Presentation by Ms. Imani Harris and Dwayne Roberts, Second Baptist Church, Santa Ana
  • Selections from the Nutcracker Ballet by Orange County Ballet Theater, directed by and Jennifer and Dimitri Kulev
  • Christmas songs by Gavin Braun
  • Balloon Artistry by Teresa Williams
  • Chanukah Presentation by Sarit Zorano

Art Project: Piñata

Recipe: Holiday Cookies

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Watch the archive of our November virtual festival, now available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page. The Virtual Festival of International Dance was held on Sunday, November 29.

Download Festival Projects Now | Preview

November's Virtual Family Festival Includes:

Art Project: Uli-Uli Rattles

Food Recipe: Croquette Tapas

Live performances:

  • Claudia de la Cruz Flamenco accompanied by flamenco guitarist Andres Vadin
  • Bella Luna Dance Company Tribal dance
  • Relampago del Cielo Folklorico
  • Manea Dance Hawaiian and Tahitian

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Watch the archive of our October virtual festival, now available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page. The Mexican Day of the Dead Festival was held on Sunday, October 25.

Download Festival Art Projects & Recipe | Preview and tag us on your artwork and food creations. @bowersmuseum #bowersathome #bowersfestival

Download Festival Flyer

October's Virtual Family Festival Includes:

Art Project: Day of the Dead Skeleton Puppet and Day of the Dead Sugar Skulls

Food recipe: Gorditas

Live performances:

  • Joel Aceves, guitarist
  • Victor Lopez, face painting artist
  • Rythmo Mariachi Kids
  • Xipe Totec Danza Azteca
  • Martin Espino, Music of Meso-America

NEW! Checkout Bowers' Virtual Ofrenda at guide.bowers.org/ofrenda and submit your contribution by sharing a photo on social media with #bowersofrenda.

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Watch the archive of our September virtual festival, now available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page. The Autumn Moon Festival was held on Sunday, September 27.

Download Festival Flyer

Download Art Projects Now | Preview and tag us on your artwork and food creations. @bowersmuseum #bowersathome #bowersfestival

September's Virtual Family Festival Includes:

  • Mr. Zhong, Changing Faces and Tea Pot Juggling
  • Sophia Chan, Explains Chinese Opera Tradition
  • JC Culture, Lion Dance, Traditional Dance and Kung Fu
  • Viet Cam, Traditional Vietnamese Dance

Art Projects: Spiral Lanterns

Food recipe: Almond Cookies

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Watch the archive of our August virtual festivalnow available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page. The International Drumming Festival  was held August 30.

Download Festival Flyer Now | Preview

Download Art Projects Now | Preview and tag us on your artwork and food creations. @bowersmuseum #bowersathome #bowersfestival

August's Virtual Family Festival Includes:

  • Robin Sakhadia plays the Indian Tabla drums
  • Redboy Productions with Ba'ac & Jorge on drums as Nanabah dances the sacred Hoop Dance.
  • Makoto Taiko with Hunter Loyd and Kristen Hayashi
  • Willy Souley with Dafra West African Drums and Dance

Art Projects: Chinese rattle drum and Coffee can drum

Food recipe: Navajo Indian Fry Bread

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Watch the archive of our July virtual festival, now available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page. The Roots of American Music Festival was held July 26.

Download Art Projects Now | Preview and tag us on your artwork and food creations @bowersmuseum #bowersathome #bowersfestival

July's Virtual Family Festival Includes:

  • Bolillo y su Conjunto performing Chicano and East Los soul, Tejano and Tex Mex
  • Third Degree Blues Band performing Rock and Roll
  • Party of Three + John Bowman on sax performing Blues

Art Projects: Instruments including African Thumb piano, Mbira, and Membranophone

Food Recipe: Soul Food Peach Cobbler

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Watch the archive of our June virtual festival, now available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page.

Download June Virtual Festival Art Projects | Preview and tag us on your artwork and food creations @bowersmuseum #bowersathome #bowersfestival

June's Virtual Family Festival includes:

  • Bon Family and California All-Star Cloggers
  • Shan the Candyman
  • Franklin Haynes Marionettes

Art Projects: Pinocchio marionette and Fingerprint doodles

Food Recipe: Candy Apples

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Thanks to everyone who joined us for the first FREE virtual family festival by Bowers at Home on May 24! With more than 2.7 thousand views from around the globe, this was a community celebration we can all be proud of.

Watch the archive of our virtual festival, now available on the Bowers Museum's Facebook page.
Download festival project pdfs and tag us on your artwork and food creations @bowersmuseum #bowersathome #bowersfestival

May's Virtual Family Festival "Celebrating Mexican Heritage" includes:

  • Martin Espino and his collection of indigenous wind and percussion instruments of ancient Mexico
  • Joel Aceves classical guitarist plays the romantic music of Mexico
  • Ballet Folklorico Raíces de Mexico performs traditional dances from the Mexican states of Guerrero and Oaxaca
  • Dr. Gloria Arjona sings “La Llorona,” a song of loss and longing based on a folk tale with many interpretations

Art Projects: Huichol Indian God’s Eyes and Paper Flower head piece

Food experience: Homemade flour tortillas!

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Art Projects

Week 11

Clay Animalitos

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Styrofoam Prints

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Week 9

Leaf Mandalas

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Week 7

Illuminated Letters

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Week 6

Collage Art

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Week 5

Abstract Self-Portraits

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Week 4

Rock Painting

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Week 3

Thaumatrope

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Week 2

Foil Repousse

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Week 1

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.