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30th Annual Treasure Hunt

Around the World
December 11, 2011
10:45 a.m.–3:00 p.m.

The Auxiliary Board's Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party celebrated its 30th anniversary on December 11, 2011. Over the past 30 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 1,000 participants annually.

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

The Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party draws in families with children to participate in a festive holiday celebration and fun-filled performing arts program. This year's theme, Around the World, focused on some of the most beloved pieces in the Art Institute's collection. Families arrived on Sunday afternoon to discover some of the museum's most interesting 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 also participated in fun activities to engage their creativity.

Four works of art were chosen to represent a variety of historic periods, artistic styles, and cultures. Throughout the treasure hunt, families visited ancient Egypt, 19th-century Europe, and 20th-century Africa and the United States through:

  • Georgia O'Keeffe's Sky above Clouds IV
  • Mask (Mukenga) from Kuba, Western Kasai region, Democratic Republic of the Congo
  • Pierre-Auguste Renoir's Acrobats at the Cirque Fernando
  • Coffin and Mummy of Paankhenamun from Egypt

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 create postcards inspired by discoveries made on their art journey. The afternoon concluded with a holiday-themed tea party featuring refreshments, snacks, and live entertainment.

Event Chairs
Rachel Bishop
Angela Elbert
Mirja Spooner Haffner
Margo Wolf O'Donnell

Platinum Angel Sponsors

Golden Angel Sponsors
Advisory Research, Inc.
Rachel Bishop and Ben Boer
Mirja and Ted Haffner
K&L Gates

Silver Angel Sponsors
Chartwell Insurance Services
Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage
Angela Elbert and Marc Rosenthal

Crystal Angel Sponsors
Ariel Investments, LLC
First Class Care, Inc.
Navigant Consulting
Margo and Ger O'Donnell
Nneka Remmer
Wintrust Wealth Management

Entertainment Provided by
Old Town School of Folk Music
Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago

Activity Books Sponsored by

Goody Bags Provided by
Corner Bakery Cafe
Hallmark Cards, Inc.
Lakeshore Sport & Fitness
Pepperidge Farm
Rainforest Cafe
Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago
Ty, Inc.
World's Finest Chocolate