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A Night at the Museum: Student Designed Party at the Addison

Engaging in impassioned debates about the art as social commentary; experimenting with art materials to create a community sculptural collage; exploring their senses through a virtual reality headset… On the evening of Friday, February 17, the Addison Gallery of American Art welcomed 135 students for an extravagant party hosted by the Addison Community Ambassadors.

Offered in collaboration with the Office of Community Engagement, the Addison Community Ambassadors program creates community at the Addison. Through group discussion, hands-on activities, and meetings with museum staff, volunteer student Ambassadors learn about the Addison and museum teaching and learning, and then design interactive programming for all audiences.

The exhibition Throwing up Bunnies: The Irreverent Interlopings of Triple Candie, 2001–2016, by Edward E. Elson Artists-in-Residence Shelly Bancroft and Peter Nesbett (PA '84), pushes boundaries of what gallery spaces are. This year’s nine Ambassadors capitalized on this idea; their event focused on contrast and juxtaposition: color versus black and white, ornate versus minimal, downstairs versus upstairs.

This event received generous support from the Parents of Students of Phillips Academy (PSPA), the Makerspace at Oliver Wendell Holmes Library, and Phillips Academy’s Office of Community Engagement.