Norton’s Art After Dark to feature Stoneman Douglas students
The museum closes Monday for the final phase of renovations.
The Norton Museum of Art will host one last Art After Dark event this evening before closing Monday for its final renovations.
“We are ending with a par t y and going to open with a party,” said spokesman Scott Benarde. “[Thursday] is going to be a great community event with live music a nd ot her per formances. We are celebrating the home stretch of the expansion project.”
The event will feature a performance from the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoken word team.
Members of Norton’s Teen Advisory Squad “wanted to show some love for their peers, who just experienced a tragedy, about an hour away and offer them a platform to speak,” said Benarde. “It’s also a chance for our community to meet and hear the students.”
Benarde said he spoke with Douglas’ English and creative writing teacher, Stacey Lippell, who coaches the spoken word team, and Lippell described performing as “healing experience for the students.”
“It’s incredible that they are using art to heal,” said Benarde.
The Teen Advisory Squad also will be doing an interactive performance with South Florida artist Jen Clay. It will have stop-motion animation and video projections that feature giant alien forms.
“I t ’s s upposed t o b e a c ommunit y par t y, s o a l l age groups should be represented in the arts,” said Jen Clay, a multimedia artist based in South Florida, will be doing an interactive performance tonight with the Norton’s Teen Advisory Squad. It will feature stopmotion animation, video projections, choreographed movements with video projections of giant alien forms. JM & the Sweets, a South Florida soul group, will perform tonight at the Norton Museum’s last Art After Dark event before it closes to finish its expansion. Mariela Acuna, Art After Dark coordinator, about the influence by local teens at this event. Plus, the teen squad helped to plan it.
“I think it’s great that the Norton teens are looking at other powerful teens and aiding them in whatever way they can,” she said. “I am looking forward to their performances.”
Acuna is also particularly excited for the live music in the court yard, which she said the museum has done a couple of times in the past.
“The outdoor music just makes everything feel more lively,” she said.
A band from Jupiter called Nite Box, who played at SunFest, and a South Florida soul group called JM & the Sweets also will perform.
Besides music, there will be a photo booth, food trucks, cash bar, art tours and art-making activities.
“This is your last chance to see the museum for more than six months,” said Benarde.
From Monday until Feb. 9, the museum will be closed as its $100 million expansion project wraps up.
Inside the massive construction zone at the West Palm Beach museum, gallery walls are going up, a stairwell is rising, large garden, theater and cafeteria spaces are being carved out and a bold, modernistic entrance i s emerging along South Dixie Highway.
The Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School spoken word team will perform at the Norton Museum’s Art After Dark event tonight. This will be the last Art After Dark event for more than six months as the museum finishes its $100 million expansion.