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