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China’s Terra Cotta Warriors at the Children’s Museum

Children's Museum of Indianapolis

Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Leslie Olsen
Children’s Museum of Indianapolis

The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis, transformed into a vibrant, authentic, Chinese experience with two extraordinary, interactive exhibits that opened last Saturday, May 10, 2014.

China's Terra Cotta Warriors at the Children's Museum

China’s Terra Cotta Warriors at the Children’s Museum. Photo provided by the Children’s Museum and used with written permission.

Rare and priceless Terra Cotta Warriors, buried for centuries in China, settled comfortably into the world’s largest children’s museum following years of planning and preparation on both sides of the ocean. Now, it is time to call members of this army to attention in the only place they will be seen in the United States in 2014, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

Terra Cotta Warriors: The Emperor’s Painted Army, directly from Shaanxi Province explores the science behind this vast tomb complex with its estimated 8,000 life-size clay soldiers and other ancient artifacts believed to have been ordered by China’s first emperor, Qin Shi Huangdi, to protect him in the after-life.

This “Eighth Wonder of the World” as many call it, was discovered in 1974 by farmers digging a well in search of water. Since then, very few of the Terra Cotta Warriors have been released from China at any one time. Eight of the magnificent soldiers, along with 118 additional other authentic artifacts (some gold and bronze) are featured in this interactive exhibit that encourages visitors of all ages to become investigators.

Scientists are confident Emperor Qin’s underground statues were originally vibrantly painted; but as they are unearthed, the colors vanish before the eyes of the archaeologists. Children and families will learn what causes the paint disintegration, and what new technology is used to preserve it. The engaging exhibit runs from May 10, 2014 through November 2, 2014. Learning more about Chinese culture, tradition and modern living is what visitors can expect when they explore Take Me There:® China.

In one of the largest exhibits exploring contemporary China ever produced in the U.S., visitors will “fly” over the Great Wall of China, “land” in Beijing and embark on a journey through modern life in the world’s fastest-growing nation.

Terra Cotta Warrior

Terra Cotta Warrior. Photo provided by the Children’s Museum and used with written permission.

Visitors will explore daily life and the celebrations of Chinese families through the arts, music, language, transportation, housing, food, tea culture, calligraphy, ancient Chinese medicine, and the preservation of giant pandas.

During the next three years, this exhibit will enthrall visitors with always changing live performances and demonstrations by Chinese artists demonstrating martial arts, music, calligraphy, shadow puppetry and much more.

“By having these two exhibits open simultaneously, we will offer visitors the opportunity to explore some of the most historically valuable artifacts in history via the Terra Cotta Warriors, while nearby experiencing modern day China and its connections to its extraordinary past. We find there is intense interest about China as the most populous country in the world as it rapidly evolves into one of the leading global manufacturing countries,” said Dr. Jeffrey H. Patchen, president and CEO, The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis.

“Our two great countries are now working together to build a new model of relationship characterized by no confrontation, no conflict, mutual respect and win-win cooperation,” said H.E. Cui Tiankai, China ambassador to the United States. “The real foundation for this relationship lies in mutual understanding and friendship between our two peoples. And nothing could better help us reach that goal than cultural exchanges, especially learning and knowing more about each other between the children of the two countries.”

For more information about The Children’s Museum, visit, follow us on Twitter @TCMIndy, and YouTube, or call 317-334-3322.

Things to do in Indianapolis, May 12-18, 2014

Perennial Premiere at the Museum of Art, Apr. 26-27

April 24, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Chris Parker
Indianapolis Museum of Art

The IMA salutes spring with its annual Perennial Premiere Plant Sale and Celebration held at the Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse on April 26-27, 2014. Drawing more than 1,000 visitors over two days, the event provides both the novice and seasoned gardener with a broad selection of plants including perennials, native plants, herbs, small trees and much more. In addition, there are regional vendors selling nature-related plants and merchandise. A rare treat, IMA horticulturists will be on hand to answer any questions, and attendees can take guided garden walks and see Bonsai demonstrations. Photos of last year’s beautiful occasion can be found here.

Perennial Premiere

Saturday, April 26, 2014, 11 – 5 p.m.
Sunday, April 27, 2014, 1–2 p.m. and 2:30–3:30 p.m.

Indianapolis Museum of Art
Madeline F. Elder Greenhouse
4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana

For more information, visit, or call 317-923-1331.

The Voices at Johnson County Museum, May 4

April 12, 2014 Leave a comment
Johnson County Museum of History

Johnson County Museum of History. staff photo, (c) 2012, all rights reserved.

By Ange Albsmeyer
Johnson County Museum

The Voices choral group will present their annual spring concert on Sunday, May 4, 2014, at 2:30 pm in the auditorium of the Johnson County Museum, 135 North Main Street in Franklin.

To commemorate the musical group’s 40th anniversary, The Voices will perform a variety of nostalgic music of all types from the 1970’s. Tickets are $8 and can be purchased in advance at the museum or on the day of the performance. Light refreshments will be served following the performance.

This event is suitable for all ages and open to the public. For more information, please visit or call 317-346-4500.

Indiana Artists Club Exhibit at the Museum of Art

March 29, 2014 Leave a comment
Indianapolis Museum of Art

Indianapolis Museum of Art. staff photo, (c) 2011, all rights reserved.

By Lisa Sirkin Vielee
On behalf of the Indiana Artists Club

43 artists from across the state were selected to display artwork at the Indiana Artists Club, 82nd Annual Exhibition, beginning April 6, 2014, at the Indianapolis Museum of Art (IMA).

Their works are eligible for one of 20 awards, including a $3,000 award for “Best of Show.” The award winners will be announced at a free public reception on Sunday, April 27, 2014, at 2 p.m. at the IMA, 4000 Michigan Road, Indianapolis, Indiana.

The exhibition was juried from more than 140 entries by the Melvin and Bren Simon Director and CEO of the Indianapolis Museum of Art, Dr. Charles Venable, who said, “Judging from this year’s entries, which ranged from traditional still lifes inspired by Old Master Dutch paintings to contemporary compositions whose power lies in their abstraction and powerful use of color, art is alive and well in the great state of Indiana.”

The exhibition, which is in the IMA’s Community Gallery, runs through June 8, 2014. It is free and open to the public during regular museum hours: Tuesday – Saturday, 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. with extended hours to 9 p.m. on Thursday and Friday; Sunday, noon to 5 p.m.

“This year’s Annual Exhibition features a number of new artists not seen before in this venue,” said Pam Newell, president of the Indiana Artists Club. “The show demonstrates how active and competitive the Indiana art scene has become. We are proud to showcase the diverse styles of art of our talented members.”

The Indiana Artists Club was founded in 1917 by 46 artists and patrons of the arts including such notables as T. C. Steele, William Forsyth, Otto Stark, Carl Graf, Wayman Adams, Simon Baus, Marie Goth, Frederick Polley, Clifton Wheeler, Randolph Coats, Carl Lieber and Alex Holiday.  Today, more than 180 artists are active members. To apply to become an active member, it is necessary to have been born in Indiana or to have lived here two years, and to have been accepted into three differently sponsored exhibitions with out-of-state judges with three separate works of art.

From 1935 through 1989, the Club exhibited annually at the L.S. Ayres and Company Auditorium in downtown Indianapolis. The University of Indianapolis then hosted the exhibition before it moved to the Indianapolis Museum of Art in 1992. This year’s exhibition features both contemporary and traditional work.

For more information, visit, or call the Museum of Art at 317-923-1331.

Editor’s Acknowledgement: Gracie Communications.


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