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Museum of Flight Special Programs Bid Farewell to Art+Flight Project

SEATTLE – On Jan. 6, 2024 the Museum offers farewell programs for the Jan. 7 closing of its ground-breaking Art+Flight project and exhibition. The day kicks off with live music, then artists with Youwen Productions will create new paintings on-site all day, while from 11 a.m.- 3 p.m. many of the Art+Flight exhibiting artists will be in the galleries to chat with visitors about their art. At 2 p.m. there will be special conversation with Dick Nelms—a person who flew bomber combat missions in World War II then became a career artist after the war. All programs are free with Museum membership and included with general admission.

Art+Flight offers three dedicated galleries exhibiting dozens of sculptures, paintings, photographs and new media installations plus murals and sculptures Museum-wide. The project’s exhibitions and community events mean to remind everyone of the awe and joy of flight through the materiality of art.

Jan. 6 Schedule
Live Painting
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Youwen Productions is a non-profit company dedicated to creating opportunities and diverse communities through art. See the creative process in action as some of the Youwen artists create new paintings all day long.

Live Jazz Performed by Northwest Swing
10 to 11 a.m.

VR Art Experiences
10 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Friendship Bracelet Making Station
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Make Shadow Puppets in the Weekend Family Workshops
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.

Artist Reception
11 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Some of the artists exhibiting in Art+Flight will be on hand to chat with Museum visitors.

Felt Bowl Workshop
1 to 3 p.m.
Artist Flóra Carlile-Kovács will guide participants through a 30-minute workshop as they design and make their own felt bowls to keep (while supplies last).

Dick Nelms: Veteran and Artist
2-3 p.m.
The Art+Flight project’s final speaker program features artist and pilot Dick Nelms. Nelms was a B-17 bomber pilot during World War II. After the war he enjoyed a long career as a professional artist and is the creator of the official seal of the State of Washington. Centenarian Nelms will talk about his amazing career during this chat with Vietnam War veteran pilot Dave Waggoner.

For Museum information, please call 206-764-5720 or visit

Image: Biplane Wing, by Art+Flight Artist-in-Residence Harriet Salmon. Ted Huetter/The Museum of Flight.