Thursday, August 10, 2017

Hello Wood Published in ArchDaily this week

Arch Daily, a weblog covering architectural news, projects, events, and competitions published an article on the Hello Wood art and architecture camp that museum staff participated in this past July.

http://www.archdaily.com/877424/students-construct-7-inhabitation-structures-at-hello-woods-2017-project-village

The review of the Alt Cathedral is very nice:



The cathedral in the Hello Wood village is under construction and has been expanding now for a second year running. This year, the church built on the ruins of the settlement that existed here three hundred years ago has been expanded with further elements: the communal spaces of a chapter house and a cloister. A special feature of the latter is that it is always open towards the interior garden of the chapter house, and so though it shuts out the outside world, this does not mean that its structure is not welcoming: inside, it makes space for people to gather.
One part of the communal spaces, also newly created, is reminiscent of a living room, while another is more fitted to fulfilling the functions of a bedroom thanks to the reclining spaces within. The residents of Hello Wood may just be visiting, staying temporarily in the village, but they still need places that can provide them with the comforts of home. At the same time, the expanded cathedral is a structure that can adapt flexibly to any kind of need. It can be a private residence for its builders, but it can also accommodate the more than one hundred residents of the village on a more spiritual occasion, such as for example a concert.

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Geology Tool Box Lables!

~Marcie Rodriguez, Education Coordinator

How rocks are defined with examples!
With the school year coming, the museum is finishing Geology: The Science of Getting Your Hands Dirty tool box. While the bottom half was desgined to meet 4th grade curriculum standards, the top we designed to me more flexible. It explores how rocks are defined using geologic terms, what sort of uses different rocks have, and what local rocks are being used for. They also get to see a variety of fossils, many of which are from our valley.


A collection of fossils!

Thursday, July 13, 2017

History on the Go! goes to Summer Camp!

~ Marcie Rodriguez, Education Coordinator


One of our youngest students
shyly shows off his pot.
180 students made pots
Albert works with the older students
Today, education staff went to the City of El Centro's Summer Camp program with our History on the Go! program. We saw 180 students, ranging from toddlers to preteens. We were thrilled to get to work with so many students, at such a range of ages. We taught them how to make pots the same way the native people of the Imperial Valley made pots for the last 1000 years. It was good to see so many children connect with the history of their homes, and smile while doing it.

Wednesday, July 12, 2017

La Posta Makes Pots

- Edgar Bernal Sevilla, Education/Curation Staff

Today, Albert, Angelina, and I did a History on the Go program at the Boys and Girls Club at the La Posta Reservation of the Kumeyaay Nation. After we had unloaded everything, thirteen children lined up to make pots. Angelina did a small presentation while Albert finished setting up.

Some of the students recognized me from Earth Day, where we did a History on the Go here as well. I happily greeted these kids and they kindly became secondary teachers. Albert and Angelina got their hands dirty while I patrolled, making sure any kids that needed help got it.

The staff at the Boys and Girls Club were happy to see the kids engaged and enjoying themselves.


The students made some beautiful pots and everyone walked away with smiles on their faces, including our staff. After our History on the Go was done, we volunteered to help the Boys and Girls Club unload a food delivery they had received.

Definitely a success in my book!

Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Hello Wood Art and Architecture Camp

This past week, Neal V Hitch and Neal Lucas Hitch attended and taught at the Hello Wood art and architecture camp in Budapest, Hungary. This camp brings together architecture students from around the world to build architectural installations using wood.

Dr. Hitch, our museum director, was selected as one of six team leaders to build an installation. The selections were based on a call for proposals submitted last March for the development of art installations based on the theme "Project Village."

Neal Lucas Hitch, who has served as a visiting artist at the museum and built the Ocotillo Observatory, designed a structure called the Alt-Cathedral. Following the theory of "Adaptive Use,"   the installation was intended to be a habitable sculpture to serve as a flexible space for human scale fellowship and interactions. The pictures included here show the design that was submitted and the project as built.

Twelve architecture students joined Neal and Lucas as part of the building team and constructed the installation during the nine day camp. As part of the art project, during the week the installation was "activated" with a cello concert and a wine tasting event. Dr. Hitch also presented two lectures, one on the subject of desert sized art, which has been a theme of the Imperial Valley Desert Museum.

The project was extremely successful and we will follow up with additional information if articles or reviews are published on the project.


Thursday, July 6, 2017

KXO's Freedom Fest!





Edgar helps students make a bowl

- by Edgar Bernal Sevilla, Curation/Education Staff



The rattle-cobra
Did you see us at KXO’s Freedom Fest 2017?!


On the Fourth of July, we set up a coiled clay booth at IVC for this annual event. We love working events like this! Angelina, Marcie and I made clay pots and figurines with children for the entirety of the event. Many students got really creative with their figurines. One even produced a lifelike cobra with a rattlesnake tail!

The event was super fun and the fireworks at the end of the night were the cherry on top.

One of the fireworks in the grand finale

Sunday, July 2, 2017

Exhibit Testing

 ~ Marcie Rodriguez, Education Coordinator

We at the museum have begun to use the tool box that was donated by Home Depot to test out our third phase of our permanent exhibit. We will be changing out the artifacts and information within the tool box to gather information on our visitors interest on a variety of subjects. We are looking at the desert as a tool box! We compare the tools our desert provides compared to the tools we normally would have in a tool box, and how those tools were created! Come out to the museum and check it out, and tell us what you think!