Creating Memories for a Lifetime
“It’s tremendously gratifying to see, real time, how our Art Institute enriches the lives of families. Even in a single day, it can be the place where memories are created for a lifetime,” remarks Paulita Pike, President of the Auxiliary Board of the Art Institute of Chicago. The Auxiliary Board, made up of 60 influential business and civic leaders, will host their 30th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt and Tea Party on Sunday, December 11. The Board will watch more than 1,000 children bounce around the Art Institute searching for clues, collecting stickers to mark their journey. The day includes a stop in the state-of-the-art Ryan Education Center within the Modern Wing, where children will create an art project of their own. Wrapping up the festivities will be a holiday-themed tea party with live entertainment.
The Treasure Hunt and Tea Party was the brainchild of former Chicago First Lady and Auxiliary Board founding member Maggie Daley. Her vision for the event wasn’t just to integrate family and art, but to encourage attendance at the Treasure Hunt by Chicagoland families who might not otherwise visit the Art Institute. In 2010, the Auxiliary Board sponsored the attendance of more than 600 children and their families, representing 15 local area community groups. About half of those attending will be doing so at the invitation of the Auxiliary Board.
Another overriding theme to the Treasure Hunt is to establish a love and understanding of art at an early age. Four works of art will be chosen to represent a variety of historic periods, artistic styles, and international cultures. “Art is an expression of life—it’s people’s perceptions, experiences, ideals, and fears,” says Pike. Etching this type of appreciation in the minds of the young will typically stay with them through a lifetime. “Art’s many dimensions make it one of the most wonderful, complex, entertaining, and interesting teaching tools anywhere.”
Funds from the event are used to underwrite the attendance of local area families and community groups, as well as to further the mission and goals of the Auxiliary Board. Pike explains the Auxiliary Board’s goal is to enhance lives through art by increasing community access to the renowned collection right here in our shared backyard. “Supporting the cultural institutions that educate our children, enrich our lives, and make Chicago a worldwide destination not only is easy, but, I believe, our responsibility.”
For information about tickets to the 30th Annual Holiday Treasure Hunt & Tea Party media sponsored by Sheridan Road, call 877-307-4242 or museumtix.com and enter “Treasure Hunt and Tea Party” in the search field.