OUTREACH

Enjoy a virtual program or have the Museum travel to your organization.

What to Expect

A member of the Museum’s team will present a 45-60 minute lecture on a selected topic, leaving time for questions and answers after. Both in-person and Zoom presentations will include a PowerPoint with high resolution images of the collection. In-person presentations include objects from the education collection. Want something more interactive? Fill out the form below to get the conversation started!

Reservations

Reservations should be made at least three weeks in advance and are not confirmed until you receive email confirmation from Museum staff. Scroll down for a reservation form.

Rates

Virtual: $200
In Person: $350
Programs can be customized to meet the needs of the group. Pricing increases $25-$100 depending on the level of research and planning a required to develop the program.

Payment

Payment must be made within 30 days of the issued invoice.

Topics

Caves to Cathedrals

The presentation From Caves to Cathedrals discusses the history of the development of Russian Orthodox iconography far beyond its origins in the catacombs of Rome and Byzantium. Humankind has used images to convey information as far back as can be traced. Over time these images developed into visual languages, which would form the base of art and creativity. Whispers of ancient cave paintings and Egyptian frescoes can be found in Russian icons, demonstrating an impressive lineage of visual communication.

History of Eggs:
Decorated Eggs from Ancient times to Present

While the tradition of exchanging decorated Easter eggs dates back over one thousand years, the symbolic importance of eggs across cultures dates back further than can be traced by historians. For many ancient civilizations the egg, being an object that brings forth new life, symbolized fertility, and the hope of spring. It is unsurprising that traditions and beliefs surrounding this symbol would be adapted into the Christian Faith, becoming a symbol of the Resurrection of Christ and a facet of Easter celebrations. This talk explores the evolution of the egg and how the symbols were ascribed different meanings over time.

Faith & Folktales:
Russian Storytelling Through Images

Over the centuries Russian artists perfected the use of visual language to tell stories and teach tradition through pictures. Russian iconographers, creators of Orthodox religious art, would use form and color to depict complex beliefs and messages. These same techniques were later used by secular artists to depict history, fairy tales, folklore, and scenes of daily life. This program will explore Russian visual storytelling using icons and folk art from the collection.

Toys, Trinkets, and Treasures:
The Story of the Nesting Doll

An iconic shape, vivid colors, and a whimsical face—for over a century, the matryoshka doll has captured the interest and delight of adults and children alike. They are recognized worldwide as the quintessential Russian souvenir and provide a fascinating glimpse into the many facets of Russian culture. From the doll’s humble beginnings as a children’s toy to a collectible work of art, this program explores the doll’s evolution, emphasizing the folktale and storytelling dolls.

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