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!