published: Wednesday, December 05, 2012
MOTA to host 'Journey Stories' opening
Special to the News-Sun
SEBRING - The Highlands Art League's Museum of the Arts (MOTA) will host an opening reception from 5-7 p.m. Friday for the traveling Smithsonian Institution exhibition, 'Journey Stories,' that will be housed in the Downtown Sebring museum, behind the library and next to Highlands Little Theatre (351 W. Center Ave.) from Dec. 8 - Jan. 19 that will be free for the public to attend.
Stop by prior to the Christmas parade to welcome the Smithsonian Institution to Highlands County.
Inside the nearby Thakkar Pavilion at Highlands Little Theatre, local residents will be in attendance to share their family's Journey Story to the Heartland area. Speakers will include: Sebring CRA chair Kelly Cosgrave, Sebring City Council chair John Griffin, Senator Denise Grimsley, Mayor George Hensley and. Nancy Hensley, Claude Howerton, Mr. and Mrs. Marvin Kahn, and John Skipper.
There will also be a ribbon cutting ceremony at MOTA's front door.
The Florida Humanities Council, in partnership with the Smithsonian Institute, is sponsoring the Florida tour of Journey Stories - an exhibit that uses images, audio and artifacts to illustrate the critical roles that traveling and movement have played in building our diverse American society.
MOTA is in need of museum docents to volunteer their time and assist with the exhibit.
A museum docent serves as a guide and educator for the institution they serve, usually on a voluntary basis.
The position is ancient in origin, though the role has evolved through the centuries.
Docents will be asked to volunteer in shifts during the 6-week exhibit. For details, call 385-6682.
Highlands MOTA is a sponsor of South Florida State College's Museum of Florida Art & Culture (MOFAC)'s Journey Stories companion programming, featuring local stories and artwork by Owen Jolly, running concurrently with MOTA's Journey Stories exhibition.
For more information, visit the HAL Facebook Page (Highlands Art League) or visit www.HighlandsArtLeague.org.
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