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Museum Mayhem

A salt dough creation, made by a young museum visitor

It was a wild time at Cayman's National Museum when it celebrated Child Month and International Museum Day with a special children's Looky Ya last month (Saturday, 21 May).

"With soldier crab races to be won, salt dough sculptures to be made and traditional instruments to be played, the day was a big hit with the young - and older ones too!" commented Museum Educational Coordinator Nasaria Suckoo-Chollette.

The day's theme was Objects Tell Our Stories: Museums and Memories, highlighted by a one-off display entitled 'Temptress in a Teapot.' The feature showcased the artwork and family heirlooms of Bodden Town artist and storyteller, Twyla.

Cayman's children also stepped up to the plate with a mini-museum exhibit assembled by George Town Primary School students. "They created their own displays using items that said something about their culture. We had pieces from all over the globe," said Mrs. Suckoo-Chollette.

Young artist Taylor Brandon seized the opportunity to make her mark on the local art scene. The 11-year-old had her first public art exhibition and sold three pieces.

"All in all, it was a fantastic day," Mrs. Suckoo-Chollette noted. "We had a steady flow of families and some 200 visitors in total."

Encouraging all of Cayman to visit the museum at least once this year she added, "I knew all our hard work had been worth it when I encountered so many persons saying it was their first visit since Hurricane Ivan. They were delighted to see how impressive the museum is and how much there is to learn and see.

"So, to all who haven't been yet, make the time to do so, because I promise that you will leave with an immense sense of pride," she concluded.

(GIS)

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