By Emma Hapner, DOMA Intern
On Saturday, June 9 the Muncie Symphony Orchestra presented their annual “Festival on the Green” event. Although this year, due to rain, it became the “Festival on the Floor” in the Ball State Field Sports Building, the event was still a huge success with over 400 people attending, including representatives from David Owsley Museum of Art, Cornerstone Center for the Arts, Muncie Civic Theatre, Muncie Public Library, Dazzle Dance, and many other local organizations.
This year’s theme, “Country Music” explored music from countries all over the world including The Star Spangled Banner, Finlandia, and Hungarian Dance #5. The DOMA team had a mask-making activity inspired by African masks we have on display and an art and map matching activity for participants to learn about some of the arts’ respective country of origin. This was a valuable learning experience for people of all ages and led many to express interest in coming to the museum to see the art in person. The kids loved making masks and were interested in how the masks at the museum were made.
Everyone was very creative in their crafting; some even made matching bracelets by threading beads onto pipe cleaners. Even Charlie Cardinal came to the table and let the kids help him make his own mask. After finishing his mask, Charlie led all the kids in the “Children’s March” around the gym.