McLean County Museum of History presents Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Arts

McLean County Museum of History presents Fiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Arts an exhibition on view through August 30, 2014.

FiestaFiesta! A Celebration of Mexican Popular Art will feature over 150 pieces of art made by the people of Mexico, including ceramics, textiles, papier maché, lacquerware, basketry, carved wood, leather, glass, and more from every region of the country. Visitors to the exhibit will be invited to travel through time to learn about the history of Mexico’s folk arts and how as these arts became popular in the United States, they were incorporated into the decorative arts north of the Mexican border. In the exhibit, visitors will stop at the museum’s time travel agency where they will learn about travel to Mexico in the 1930s and obtain an official Time Travel Record. As they visit each time period and region of Mexico to see examples of the different popular arts created in each, they will get their Record stamped. Prizes will be given to those who fill their Record. A market stall will feature a vast array of contemporary items sold at Mexican markets and additional hands-on craft activities will be included in this fun exhibit which celebrates the rich popular arts and culture of Mexico.

The McLean County Museum of History traces it roots back to 1892, the year the McLean County Historical Society was founded. The original Museum opened in 1904 when Historical Society members had collected enough material, in the form of presented papers, transcribed reminiscences, and donated objects, to share the collection with the public. www.mchistory.org

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