33rd Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party

33rd Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party
Sunday, December 7, 2014
Hosted by the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago

The Auxiliary Board's Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party celebrated its 33rd anniversary on December 7, 2014. Over the past 33 years, this fun family program has become a signature event for the Auxiliary Board. Created in 1981 by former Auxiliary Board member Maggie Daley, the Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party has grown to include more than 1,200 participants annually.

Through the generous support of our sponsors, the Auxiliary Board was able to provide more than 600 complimentary tickets to local community outreach organizations. This initiative helps children and families access the museum's collection and helps integrate the museum experience into family life and culture.

The Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party draws families with children to participate in a festive holiday celebration and fun-filled performing arts program. This year's theme, Celebrating the Seasons, explored some of the most magical pieces in the Art Institute's collection. Families arrived on Sunday afternoon to discover truly enchanting works of art. As they followed the expedition, they learned fascinating stories behind the selected works, collected stickers and stamps in activity books to mark their journey, and participated in fun activities to engage their creativity.

Four works of art were chosen to represent the extraordinary and magical pieces found in the museum. Throughout the treasure hunt, families visited:

  • George Wesley Bellows, Love of Winter
  • Gustave Caillebotte, Paris Street; Rainy Day
  • Claude Monet, Stacks of Wheat
  • Constantin Brancusi, Two Penguins


Part of the gallery exploration included a stop in the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center, located in the Art Institute's Modern Wing, where children had the opportunity to decorate their own picture frame. The afternoon concluded with a holiday-themed tea party featuring refreshments, snacks, live entertainment and a photo booth by Smilebooth!


The Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute would like to give a special thanks to this year’s generous sponsors.

LEAD SPONSOR
Walgreens

EMERALD ANGEL
Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg

GOLDEN ANGELS
Advisory Research, Inc.
Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Proskauer
Sun-Times Foundation
The Chicago Community Trust
Vista Equity Partners

SILVER ANGELS
Chartwell Insurance
ComEd

CRYSTAL ANGELS
Angela Elbert and Marc Rosenthal
Baird
Margo and Ger O’Donnell
Oil-Dri
Smilebooth

SAPPHIRE ANGEL
Shirley H. and Richard M. Jaffee Family Foundation
The Miller Family
Matt and Kristi Pettinelli
The Rohrbach Family
Bonnie and Joe Stanfield

ENTERTAINMENT GENEROUSLY PROVIDED BY
ChiArts: Chicago High School for the Arts
Sherwood: The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago

GOODY BAGS PROVIDED BY
Corner Bakery Cafe
KIND
Rainforest Café
Walgreens
World’s Finest Chocolate

PRINT MEDIA SPONSOR
Splash