Holidays at the Harn

Published: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.
Last Modified: Wednesday, December 5, 2012 at 2:21 p.m.

The Samuel P. Harn Museum of Art is ushering in the season with a free celebration of cultures at "Museum Nights: Cultural Connections," an evening of Kwanzaa, Hanukkah and Christmas traditions.



What: “Museum Nights: Cultural Connections,” an exhibit focusing on holiday traditions.
When: 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13.
Where: Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road.
Cost: Free.
Information: Call 352-392-3892.

"Museum Nights: Cultural Connections" will take place from 6-9 p.m. Dec. 13 at the Harn, Southwest 34th Street and Hull Road.

Tami Wroath, director of communications and public relations at the Harn, said the community is invited to come and enjoy an evening of music, food, art activities, a scavenger hunt, art exhibits, a photo booth and other fun and educational activities.

"Cultural Connections will bring people together to share their traditions and to learn how others celebrate their holiday tradition," Wroath said.

Wroath said jazz and holiday music will be provided throughout the evening by Gnys Entertainment.

Wroath said the Kwanzaa tradition will be explored extensively through speakers, art activities, Southern food, art exhibits including the African-American collection and art works by African-American artists such as William Kentridge, Kehinde Wiley and Wosene Worke Kosrof.

Eric Segal, education curator of academic programs at the Harn, said Museum Nights, which features different theme each month, is held on the second Thursday of the month.

"We want to make a connection with the community," Segal said.

Segal said a Kwanzaa presentation, which will be held in the Harn's auditorium, will feature a drumline, and community elders who will present Kwanzaa traditions including the traditional place setting and the Nguzo Saba, or Seven Principles, which are the foundation of Kwanzaa. They are Umoja (oo-MOH-jah), or unity; Kujichagulia (koo-jee-chah-goo-LEE-ah), or self-determination; Ujima (oo-JEE-mah), or collective work and responsibility; Ujamaa (oo-jah-MAH), or collective economics; Nia (NEE-ah), or purpose; Kuumba (koo-OOM-bah), or creativity; and Imani (ee-MAH-nee), or faith. The traditional place setting includes a straw place mat, a candle holder with three red, one black and three green candles, fruit, an ear of corn and handmade gifts.

Wroath said 250 people attended the event last year.

"I hope people come away with a better understanding of other people's holiday traditions and how other people celebrate," Wroath said.

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