Showcasing hands-on, interactive exhibits, the nonprofit Georgia Children’s Museum sparks an enthusiasm for learning in visitors between the ages of 2 and 12. Youngsters can design a newspaper page in the journalism exhibit, anchor a news broadcast in the TV studio, or curl up with a book in the hushed confines of the reading room. Meanwhile, in the internationally themed Passport to the World exhibit, tykes don authentic kimonos, beat handmade African drums, and discover how Magellan built the blimp that he used to circumnavigate the globe. The Smarty Pants Gift Shop stocks glass pendant necklaces and Magna Morphs toys, whose sets of animal parts can be reassembled into new, imaginary creatures. Above the store, in the Little Learners’ Loft, kids aged 2 to 5 enhance their make-believe skills with age-appropriate toys. Along with its permanent exhibits, Georgia Children’s Museum accommodates kids with events and weekly activities, including craft and story times.
With more than 43,000 square feet of wall space displaying more than 3,000 different sports artifacts and memorabilia, the Georgia Sports Hall of Fame celebrates the state’s greatest swimmers, skiers, shooters, short stops, and more. An ever-rotating range of exhibits fills the hallowed sports halls of this Macon museum, where more than 300 athletes are applauded for their athletic endeavors and record-setting jaw lines. Members gain access to GSHF's February 26 induction ceremony, honoring such gaming greats as Robert Davis, Joe DeLany, and James "J.T." Thomas. On the second Saturday evenings in March, April, and May, classic sports flicks such as the Bad News Bears, Hoosiers, and Rudy play in the 205-seat GSHF Theater during the sports film series, inviting you to root for the underdog or challenging you to remain staunchly neutral. Additional member benefits include 10% off at the museum gift shop, invitations to important museum events, and two guest passes. Museum members must give the Sports Hall of Fame their e-mail address in order to receive event invitations.
Since 1981, the Tubman African American Museum has educated, enriched, and challenged visitors with permanent and special exhibitions dedicated to African American art, history, and culture. The museum, which is named in honor of Civil War heroine Harriet Tubman, showcases a variety of permanent exhibitions, including collections of African American folk art, an inventors gallery devoted to black innovators, and a local-history exhibition focusing on African American culture in Georgia. The fine-art collection showcases opuses spanning from the 1800s through the present day. From Africa to America takes viewers on a visual journey with 55 feet of bright, surrealistic oil and acrylic mural painted by Wilfred R. Stroud, traversing from early Africa to the present day with iconic images of the people and events that shaped today’s world. A special exhibition opening July 22, 2011, Riffing on the Real: Afro-futurism in the Arts explores themes from traditional and contemporary black culture in the forms of fiction, traditional African masks, contemporary studio art, and comics. The museum's calendar delivers details on upcoming exhibitions and events.
A fourth-generation artist, Rose Handy has always made time for creating. After a rollercoaster ride of life changes and moves, Rose and her potter husband Paul opened their own gallery and class space. Joined by a staff of illustrators, quilters, watercolorists, and other artisans, the owners encourage Wild Child students to find their own artistic voices, whether they're hand-building a ceramic bowl, painting a family portrait, or fusing glass pieces together to make a new glass family. The search for new avenues of creativity also extends to the studio's class offerings; beginning in January 2013, aspiring artisans can learn the intricacies of handbuilding and wheel-based pottery techniques as part of the shop's newest curriculum.
Creative couples come together for evenings of romantic artistry thanks to the ART Station's date-night program. Duos arrive at 7 p.m. to nibble on fine cheese, elegantly sip wine, and get to know the other pairs with whom they'll be molding masterworks. Afterward, a knowledgeable ART Station staffer guides visitors on a tour of some of the goods within the facility's five art galleries, finally leading them into the ceramics studio. A 30-minute informational session teaches tactile twosomes the basics of clay-crafting, clay-whispering, and advanced clay-hair removal etiquette. From there, couples are free to hand-mold the manifestations of their shared dreams, which will later be kiln-fired and available for pickup in about two weeks. A steady flow of wine and cheese ignites creative neurons and keeps taste buds tingling throughout the experience.
ArtWorks on the Square inspires the creatively disposed with a variety of classes, workshops, and events. Encourage your inner artisan with a Vino Van Gogh Night class, which offers a night of painting, conversing, and wine drinking from 7 p.m.–9 p.m. on the second Friday of every month. Each vinely inclined class can accommodate up to 12 students and is led by a professional canvas caresser, who issues step-by-step instructions to help keep brush strokes on the straight and narrow and prevent students from accidentally painting a hole in the universe.