December 8, 2013 10:45–3:00 Ryan Education Center, Modern Wing
The Auxiliary Board's Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party celebrated its 32nd anniversary on December 8, 2013. Over the past 32 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, A Day of Exploration, 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:
Thorne Miniature Rooms
Armor for Man in the Maximilian Style
A Banda or Kumbaruba Mask
Grant Wood’s American Gothic
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 their own mask 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 Zoe Bonnette Andy Challenger Margo Wolf O'Donnell Rebecca Woan
Lead Sponsor Walgreens
Golden Angels Advisory Research, Inc. Challenger, Gray & Christmas, Inc.
Silver Angels Chartwell Insurance Service Guggenheim Partners Mirja and Ted Haffner RCP Advisors
Crystal Angels Zoe and David Bonnette Angela Elbert and Marc Rosenthal Margo and Ger O'Donnell
In-Kind Sponsors ChiArts: Chicago High School for the Arts Corner Bakery Café Fleur de lis Great Lakes Harpists Hallmark Language Stars Mariano's Fresh Market Rainforest Café Sherwood, The Community Music School at Columbia College Chicago Ty, Inc. Walgreens World's Finest Chocolate