MassMu’s Free April Do the Mu
Join the Massillon Museum and instructor Allison Smith on Saturday, April 1, for a Weaving Do the Mu. Participants will learn the basics of weaving on a small frame loom and will learn how to build simple patterns such as stripes and basketweave. Guests can drop in anytime between 12:00 and 2:00 p.m.
All ages are welcome and all supplies will be provided, but participants are encouraged to bring additional alternative materials to explore weaving with, such as fabric strips, paper, and plastic bags.
Allison Hope Smith Hernandez, an Ohio native artist and arts administrator, is a double alumnus of Kent State University, holding a BFA and MFA in studio art with a concentration in textiles. Smith works as the operations and digital media manager for FRONT International: Cleveland Triennial for Contemporary Art. Smith previously served as a graduate assistant to the director of the Kent State University School of Art Collection and Galleries and as a museum assistant for Massillon Museum. Smith has exhibited her artwork in Ohio, Wisconsin, Indiana, Georgia, and in New York City. One of Smith’s weavings was displayed from 2021 to 2023 in the US Ambassador to Burkina Faso’s residence in Ouagadougou.
This program is held in conjunction with the NEA Big Read in Massillon. NEA Big Read is a program of the National Endowment for the Arts in partnership with Arts Midwest. For more information about programs in Massillon, Stark County, and beyond celebrating the 2023 NEA Big Read selection, Interior Chinatown by Charles Yu, visit www.MassillonMuseum.org/BigRead.
Do the Mu is a free monthly drop-in, hands-on intergenerational outlet for creativity. The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council, ArtsinStark, and the citizens of Massillon. This workshop is funded in part by the National Endowment for the Arts.
MassMu is located at 121 Lincoln Way East (Ohio Route 172) in downtown Massillon. It is now open during regular hours Tuesday through Saturday 9:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. and Sunday 2:00 to 5:00 p.m. A visit is always free. For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org.
Alexandra Nicholis Coon, Massillon Museum Executive Director – 330-833-4061 x111
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Margy Vogt, Massillon Museum Public Relations Coordinator – 330-844-1525