FC: M | Museum Nights at the Harn Museum of Art: Islamic Art & Culture
1: The Program: The Harn Museum of Art offers Museum Nights on the second Thursday of every month. This program features live performances, presentations, demonstrations, tours, and food. This month's theme was Islamic Art & Culture.
2: PROBLEM: How to attract children to visit the Harn Museum of Art. SOLUTION: Offer a program that has activities for all ages.
3: The program featured Islamic themed crafts for children of all ages to take part in.
4: PROBLEM: How to get visitors interested in and excited about Islamic art and culture. SOLUTION: Offer interactive and engaging activities for visitors to participate in.
5: The program featured a scavenger hunt throughout the museum, with prizes awarded to the top 3 winners. This activity had visitors search throughout the exhibits that featured Islamic art. | There were also local artists providing visitors with free Henna tattoos, along with information on the history and culture of Henna.
6: PROBLEM: How to bring in visitors who would not normally come to an art museum. SOLUTION: Offer unique experiences that are not usually present in art museums.
7: The program offered free Hallal food for visitors, including tzatziki and baklava. There was also a station for visitors to try on traditional Islamic outfits and headscarfs.
8: PROBLEM: How to ensure that visitors remember what they learn through the program. SOLUTION: Offer activities with take-home value.
9: A local Arabic teacher had a station where he would write visitors' names in Arabic that they could then take home with them. He explained the name's significance and answered any questions visitors had about the language and culture.
10: PROBLEM: How to promote visitors drawing connections from the program to the artwork displayed in the museum. SOLUTION: Offer further information on the museum's collection through the program.
11: The program had tables and displays set up around the museum with information that related to Islamic artwork on display in the museum, as well as additional artwork unique to the program. These included pottery, ceramics, photographs, and tapestry.