The Chandler Museum offers exhibits, programs

By SanTan Sun News Team

Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler is offering a variety of free programs next month as well as a new exhibit.

The museum is open from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Tuesday to Saturday and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday. It is closed on Mondays. Information: 480-782-2717 or chandlermuseum.org.Exhibits.

Most lineup events offer the ability to reserve a seat and, unless otherwise stated, are free. Go to eventbrite.com/d/az and search for “Chandler Museum”.

Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler
(Until August 13, 2023)
In the late 1930s, Chandler experienced an influx of Dust Bowl migrants who fled their homes in search of a better life. Government photographers Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee documented unique stories showing these migrants and their dwellings, which were often temporary.

This exhibit is a story of Dust Bowl Chandler through unique black and white photographs. It examines what the house looked like and draws connections between Chandler of the 1930s and Chandler today. It includes the themes of housing, migration, agriculture, technology, self-sufficiency and empathy.

American farmer
(Until May 25)

This exhibition presents 45 emblematic portraits showing the geographical and cultural diversity of the American farmer. This living portfolio by photographer Paul Mobley is accompanied by anecdotes and memories in the farmers’ own words. The images and words testify both to the farmers’ unfailing hospitality and a glimpse into the hardships and joys of their way of life – one that once defined our national identity.

This exhibition is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of the Mid-America Arts Alliance, and the National Endowment for the Arts.

Adult programs

Bites of history, 12 p.m.-12:30 p.m. May 3

Agriculture made Arizona an economic force and helped develop the water infrastructure that we all enjoy today. Chandler’s contribution to agriculture and ranching is significant in the history of our state. Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director Julie Murphree comes from a generational farming family with roots in Chandler. She’ll talk about her own family farm, while revealing the 30,000 foot view of Arizona agriculture today.

Youth programs

Game day, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. May 14

Tinker with classic construction toys and create something amazing. Bring your family and your toys with classic games and toys. Revise the classics or explore something new! Each month offers a different set of games and toys. Outdoor games and activities will be available in the yard weather permitting.

In the exhibitions, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. on May 21

“In the Exhibitions” immerses children in interactive activities through the museum’s exhibits. Children will participate in activities throughout the exhibit and gain a deeper insight into the exhibit.

C-Town Suitcase Club
10:30 a.m.-11:15 a.m., May 4 and 18
Telephones: do you miss the cable? Or the ticking of the dial? Bring your kids for a hands-on exploration of phones before they were portable. Pack your bags and travel back in time where everyday objects are completely different. These 45-minute programs are led by our friendly educators who compare everyday objects from yesterday and today. With new themes each month, program participants will start together with a central topic, then split into family groups to participate in multiple activity stations. Intended for 3-5 year olds.

Please register adults and children present as the number of places is limited.

art toddlers
10:30-11:15 a.m. May 11 and 25, 10:30-11:15 a.m.

Picture Art. Peek into the world of photography as you explore how light creates images and creates art using photographs.

Want to make art with your little one but don’t want to clean up the mess? Come watch a 45-minute program led by our friendly educators that is an age-appropriate introduction to different artistic styles and concepts. With new themes each month, program participants will start with a central topic, then split into family groups to participate in multiple art-centric activity stations. Intended for 3-5 year olds.

Please register adults and children present as the number of places is limited.

Julia P. Cluff