Nor­ton’s Art Af­ter Dark to fea­ture Stone­man Dou­glas stu­dents

The mu­seum closes Mon­day for the fi­nal phase of ren­o­va­tions.

The Palm Beach Post - Neighborhood Post - Central Palm Beach County - - Front Page - By Sarah Elsesser Palm Beach Post Staff Writer selsesser@pb­post.com

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.

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