The Writing's on the Wall: Party at the Museum

Posted on May 02, 2016 by Alison M. Palizzolo

Join us for this special event to celebrate the museum’s exciting expansion and renovation project!

UPDATE: See a video of the event on YouTube!

Saturday, May 21, 3:00-11:00 p.m.
Hood Museum of Art galleries

Create art in the Hood’s empty galleries and on the walls. Strike a pose with props in the photo booth and get your face painted. Enjoy light bites, film screenings, and spotlight performances throughout the afternoon and evening. Stay for a late-night dance party in the galleries and create art under black lights.

Ongoing art activities include:

  • The Writing’s on the Wall
    • Use markers to write a message or describe a favorite memory of the Hood.
  • Get Creative: Design, Cut, Build, and Embellish
    • In this problem-solving activity, use a range of materials to create a sculpture out of everyday objects.
  • Community Portrait
    • Cut out silhouettes of yourself, friends, and family members, and decorate them with materials provided by the museum. Hang your silhouettes on the walls to create a single collaborative work of art.
  • Paint-by-Numbers Mural
    • Help create a beautiful mural in the galleries by painting on the walls!
  • Choose a Space & Make a Pattern
    • Help create a patterned mural with chalk on the walls.
  • Texture Wall
    • This activity will take place during the daytime only. Add textile materials to a constructed frame to create a single sculpture together.
  • Black Light Mural
    • This activity will take place after dark. Grab some black light paint and create a mural on the gallery walls while you dance!

* This event is FREE and open to all. All art supplies and activities will be provided and organized by the Hood Museum of Art.

3:00–5:00 p.m.
Enjoy art-making in the galleries, try your hand at cartooning with students from the Center for Cartoon Studies, listen to live music, take a picture with your friends and family in the photo booth, get your face painted by Kadina from Little Artsy Faces, and have some free snacks provided by Howlin’ Good Kettle Corn, Lou’s Bakery, and Morano Gelato! Open to all, but with young families in mind.

3:30-4:30 p.m.
Live performance by Etna Old Time
Bluegrass and folk duo rooted on the banks of Mink Brook

5:00 p.m.
Film Screening
Night at the Museum (2006), 108 minutes, rated PG
Directed by Shawn Levy
A newly recruited night security guard at the Museum of Natural History discovers that an ancient curse causes the animals and exhibits on display to come to life and wreak havoc.

7:00–11:00 p.m.
Beginning at 7:00 p.m. enjoy free small bites from The Box, Sushiya, Gusanoz, Base Camp, and My Brigadeiro (while supplies last), and buy a drink from the two cash bars tended by the Hanover Inn.

7:00 p.m.
Performance by The Pickpocket Trio
A Dartmouth student jazz group

8:00 p.m.
Spotlight Dance Performance
Dartmouth Asian Dance Troupe

8:30 p.m.
Film Screening
How to Steal a Million (1966), 123 minutes
Directed by William Wyler
The daughter (Audrey Hepburn) of a wealthy Frenchman (Hugh Griffith) who creates counterfeit art learns that her father is in danger of being exposed as a crook. She enlists a society burglar (Peter O’Toole) to help her steal the family's forged Cellini sculpture from a museum before experts have a chance to examine it.

9:00 p.m.
The dance party begins on the second floor with music provided by 802DJ. Take a break from dancing and create art on the walls under black lights!

This made@dartmouth event is co-sponsored by the Hood Museum of Art and the Office of the Provost, Dartmouth College.

Event Entertainment Links:

Photo booth provided by: Arnold Imaging LLC

Facepainting by: Little Artsy Faces

DJ services provided by: 802DJ

Bluegrass and folk duo Etna Old Time

Cartooning overview by: The Center for Cartoon Studies

Event Food Vendor Links:

Howlin’ Good Kettle Corn

Lou’s Bakery

Morano Gelato

The Box



Base Camp

My Brigadeiro

The Hanover Inn


Written May 02, 2016 by Alison M. Palizzolo