With its grand opening just a few months away, the Arkansas Museum of Fine Arts is inviting soon-to-be visitors to be a part of the display.
The renovated MacArthur Park campus will soon be home to AMFA's "Art Garden," a community-built installation featuring origami lotus flowers hand-folded by Arkansans from around the state, including from more than 60 schools and community partners. By the spring opening, the museum estimates more than 11,000 will have taken part in the installation.
"'Art Garden' is an exciting community project to undertake for the museum’s grand opening, but my favorite moment is a quieter one — seeing people of all ages from all over our community connecting with their creativity through this art project," says Chris Revelle, AMFA’s director of community engagement. "'Art Garden' is bringing the museum to the community and making the community a part of the museum.”
AMFA has step-by-step instructions on how to fold these lotus flowers, which you can find here. Locals can drop off their creations between Jan. 6 - March 24 at the Argenta Public Library, CALS Main Library, Dee Brown Library, Maumelle Library or Roosevelt Thompson Library.
The reimagined AMFA is set to open on April 22.
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