Exhibits

Hispanic Heritage Month

CMOM is celebrating Hispanic Heritage month (Mid-September through Mid-October) where children can learn about the vibrant countries and cultures without packing a suitcase. The Art and Innovation Lab will be featuring themed art projects and crafts anchored by story times and scavenger hunts. Also, there are two special events to further the experience.

September 12 – 17

  • Monochromatic yellow mural inspired by Salvadoran artist, Camilo Minero. Explore the color yellow with us.
  • Costa Rican carretas (ox carts) art project highlighting ox carts which were an important tool for transporting coffee in Costa Rica. Painting the carreta started as a tradition to indicate which origin of the coffee, but by 1915, individual families began painting the entire wheel with their own specific designs. Now you get to express yourself as you decorate your own carreta.
  • Salvadoran capiruchos: a wooden hand carved toy (a bowl with a stick attached to a string) from El Salvador that is painted with different colors. Not only do you get to decorate it, you have a take-home toy to remember the day.
  • Sensory Play (September 13): Create your own Chilean rainstick (percussion instrument) invented by the people of Childe’s Diaguita tribe to mimic the sound of rain. Using cardboard tubes, we will build our own rainsticks and explore the blending of beat and rhythm.
  • Storytime (September 14): “Costa Rica ABC’s” by Sharon Kratz Cooper
  • Storytime (September 16): “Pepe and the Parade: A Celebration of Hispanic Heritage” by Tracey Kyle
  • Scavenger Hunt (September 15): Literacy Month

September 18 – 24

  • Monochromatic yellow mural inspired by Salvadoran artist, Camilo Minero. Explore the color yellow with us.
  • This week’s folk art project is a Panamanian mola (type of women’s clothing from Panama). The designs are made from stacking fabric, a technique called applique, then they are stitched to the front and back of a shirt or skirt.
  • The ancient Taino people of Puerto Rico left behind many petroglyphs which are designs that are picked or carved onto the surface of rocks. This week’s crafts will give you hands-on experience in carving.
  • Sensory Play (September 20): Leaning on Latin American history, we’re making and shaking maracas.
  • Storytime (September 21): “May Your Life be Deliciosa” by Michael Genhart
  • Storytime (September 23): You are in for a special treat as the Memphis Symphony Tunes and Tales will be here to to share three tales with us. Starting at 11 a.m.

September 26 – October 1

  •  Inspired by Mexican artist, Celia Calderon, we will be creating black and white scratch art.
  • This week’s folk art project is a Panamanian mola (type of women’s clothing from Panama). The designs are made from stacking fabric, a technique called applique, then they are stitched to the front and back of a shirt or skirt.
  • The ancient Taino people of Puerto Rico left behind many petroglyphs which are designs that are picked or carved onto the surface of rocks. This week’s crafts will give you hands-on experience in carving.
  • Sensory Play (September 27): This week’s sensory play will be using elements of landscape to create large designed geoglyphs – inspired by the Nazca Lines of Peru. Whether you use lines, swirls, animals or plans, you can make it your own.
  • Storytime (September 28): “Up and Down in the Andes” by Laurie Krebs
  • Storytime (September 30): The Cazateatro Center Stage Play will be on campus. Taking us into the magic world of Legends of Latin America and Magic creatures, you will be center stage to a fairy tale with a Latin flavor.

October 3 – 8

  • Inspired by Mexican artist, Celia Calderon, we will be exploring black and white scratch art.
  • Each November, people in Guatemala gather to honor those who have passed away by flying enormous and colorful kites, called barriletes. We’re exploring color and design as we make our own themed kites.
  • The Columbian Sombreros Vueltiao is a traditional hat and also one of Columbia’s national symbols. These hats are made from dyed, braided, and woven strips. We’re taking that inspiration to express our creativity with this week’s craft.
  • Sensory Play (October 3): We’re making Spanish castanets: exploring sight, sounds, and rhythm.
  • Storytime (October 5): “Biblioburro” by Jeanette Winter
  • Storytime (October 7): “Rainbow Weaver/Tejedora del Arcoiris” by Linda Elovitz Marshall

October 10 – 15

  • Inspired by Mexican artist, Celia Calderon, we will be exploring black and white scratch art.
  • Each November, people in Guatemala gather to honor those who have passed away by flying enormous and colorful kites, called barriletes. We’re exploring color and design as we make our own themed kites.
  • The Columbian Sombreros Vueltiao is a traditional hat and also one of Columbia’s national symbols. These hats are made from dyed, braided, and woven strips. We’re taking that inspiration to express our creativity with this week’s craft.
  • Sensory Play (October 11): Using sculpting noodles made of water and corn, you will be expanding imagination, problem-solving, and fine motor skills using these magical noodles to create hardened sculpture.
  • Storytime (October 12): “Call Me Tree/Llamame Arbgol” by Maya Christina Gonzales
  • Storytime (October 14): “Galápagos Girl/Galapagueña” by Marsha Diane Arnold
  • Scavenger Hunt (October 13): Ten flags from Hispanic countries are hidden throughout the museum. Your challenge is to take the hand-out referencing the flags of Mexico, Puerto Rico, Costa Rica, Venezuela, Guatemala, El Salvador, Columbia, Panama, Peru and Chile and find each of them. If you find 5 flags, you get a prize. If you find all 10, you get two prizes.