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Night at the Museum 2019: Student-Designed Party at the Addison


What better way to prompt students to explore every nook and corner of the galleries, to encourage close looking, to require conversation, and to inspire curiosity than a scavenger hunt comprised of riddles? On Friday evening, January 18, the Addison Community Ambassadors welcomed 198 students to the museum for an evening of art, art making, Pop Up Talks about art, following clues, and refreshments at Night at the Addison: Vertigo.

​Offered in collaboration with the Office of Community Engagement, the yearlong Addison Community Ambassadors program aims to create community at the Addison. Through group discussion, hands-on activities, and meetings with all levels of museum staff, students who apply to the program each fall learn about the Addison, the history of museums, and theories of teaching and learning, and then design interactive programming for all audiences. 

For this year’s version of their annual student event, the fifteen Ambassadors were intrigued by the atmosphere of ghostly presence and absence created by contemporary artists Justin Kimball, Barbara Bosworth, S. Billie Mandle, and Abe Morell, whose work complements the sculpture of Paul Manship in the exhibition From Starfield to MARS: Paul Manship and His Artistic Legacy. In turn, Night at the Addison: Vertigo focused on enigma and mystery. Ambassadors designed and throughout the night provided hints for the Quest, the evening’s riddle-fueled hunt through the galleries. Pop Up Talks sprung up in the galleries every fifteen minutes, with Ambassadors providing deep dives into ​​​​work from the collection. Students were invited to explore their own creativity through provided art materials, all while clips from The Twilight Zone played accompanied by music in the Museum Learning Center for atmosphere. 

This event received generous support from the Parents of Students of Phillips Academy (PSPA) and Phillips Academy’s Office of Community Engagement.