Volume I | September 5 2021
Try To Remember the First of September...
Try to Remember the First of September…when life was slow and oh, so mellow.

A year has passed since my appointment as ED at the Danville Museum. It does not seem that long ago that I sat behind my desk in September of 2019 for the first time. Last month I addressed the early morning Danville Rotary Club on what the museum plans to do going forward into 2021.

It is not enough to update our Museum program capacity and our campus. The Museum needs to make itself valuable to its own community. And we are working hard to do so. Since the closing of the Tobacco Museum and the Schoolfield Museum, we hold all of those histories under our roof. We also hold the Civil Rights histories and the Civil War histories as well as an art collection that describes the work of Southern Painters from our Region. We are here to tell all the Dan River region stories and we are attracting university students, interns, and volunteers to help us to process and maintain our collections and to assist us in bringing all of these narratives to light through mindful research and authentic scripts.The DMFAH is Danville's cultural heart and cultural distribution point, making culture accessible to our whole region through good programming that is available to all of our regions communities.The DMFAH is also making our regions cultural narratives available to others who pass through or State and national museums that would tie our histories into larger Historical Events.

Elsabé Dixon
Executive Director
Grab Your Hats Our Derby Day Fundraiser Is Going Virtual
We are just changing things up a little!

Grab your Hats, place your bets, and join The Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History for our online VIRTUAL 5th Annual Derby Day! This Year Derby Day will be different. Starting with a kick-off Derby Day Hat event that runs from September 5 to September 30. Contestants buy tickets to participate, sending photos of THE HAT YOU WOULD HAVE WORN ON DERBY DAY. How to participate:  The Kick-off for our Virtual Derby Day-month festivities starts on September 5, 2020 with an online Hat wearing sweepstakes event that runs through September 30. Please send us a photo of "The Hat You Would Have Worn On Derby Day..." to info@danvillemuseum.org and send a generous Derby Day donation HERE.

The donation suggestion for each Hat entry is $10.00. To find out about prizes follow is on FB HERE. And to see the Eventbrite info go HERE

Thank you Anne Sylves and Dave Corp for buying the first tickets!
Welcome to Dan River Non-Profit Network !!!
"The Nonprofit Network believes there is strength in collaboration, and in honoring that value we are excited to announce that we are moving our offices to 126 Sutherlin Avenue! This historic home will be a renewed shared space for social innovation, and we are delighted to partner with the Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History, their 'Artists in Residence' Program, Smokestack Theatre, the City of Danville, and Lucia Video to co-create a vibrant, adaptive facility and resource for our community. Please stay tuned to the Network's social media and newsletter releases for more information and details - we hope to host a virtual and/or socially distanced open house as soon as safely possible to invite you into our new homebase!"
Evelyn Riley, Executive Director of the Nonprofit Network
Danville Museum of Fine Arts and History will be Hosting a Community Writers Discussion with Ron Rash, on Friday September 11 from 2pm -3pm

The event hosted by the Danville Museum is part of a whole day of programing around this Southside OneRead Event taking place in different locations across Danville.

Danville Museum Auditorium ( 2-3pm): Event is a zoom event staged in the Museum auditorium with the Author with seating available for those that want to be able to attend the event live. The Community can attend the event that will have seating spaced 8 feet apart. We will have 20 seats available
Registration required for this events by clicking
Averett Pritchett Auditorium (5:30pm - 8:30):
A discussion book discussion and book signing.
Registration required for this events by clicking HERE
The Perkinson Rose Garden to host Averett French Students
Starting September the Museum’s Perkinson Garden with offer a “Rose Environment” for a reading of “The Little Prince” in French by Catherine Clark’s Averett students. Students will offer quotes pulled from this much beloved philosophical text by Antoine de Saint-Exupery, on the merit of roses in our life, and many other wise sayings. After a Swanson studio workshop, in which students will fix their quotes to rocks for all to enjoy in the DMFAH garden, they will also leave us with a video on their project. If you want to know more about “The Little Prince” and how other museums have been inspired by this book please read HERE.
A Stitch In Time
The weather is turning cooler and the leaves will turn soon. Starting next week Museum interns Aidan Thomas and Adessa Breakley will lead groups of five participants on a journey through the joys of knitting and crochet. Workshops will be held in the community See and Do Room and will be offered on Tuesday and Thursday mornings from 10am -11:30 am A Stitch In Time is a community project to raise awareness for craft illiteracy, teach one another how to knit and crochet, and produce a community “Yarn Bombing” through the cooler fall and winter months on the museum campus. If you would like to know more about yarn bombings please read HERE

Workshop Tickets are $5 per person but sign up early there are only five spots per session. We ask that all who participate wear masks. We will have social distanced Knitting and crochet stations.
Collograph Workshop on Thursday, September 17,2020
Only five slots available!
Workshop starts at 6:30 - 9pm
Where: Swanson Studio (behind Museum)
We will be heading back into the Swanson studio for a distanced and masked studio experience, while making collograph plates for printing. These plates need to dry before being printed so this will be a two-part workshop. One workshop will be building the printing plate/plates and the next workshop on October 22 will be printing the plates. Collography (sometimes spelled collagraphy) was introduced in 1955 by Glen Alps, who was a University of Washington professor teaching a printmaking process in which materials are applied to a rigid substrate (such as paperboard or wood). The word is derived from the Greek word koll or kolla, meaning glue, and graph, meaning the activity of drawing. If you would like to find out more about the process of collography please press HERE
Ghosts and Gravestones Candlelight Tour Auditions On Sunday, September 6 From 2:30- 4:30pm
If you want to learn more about local history come and try out for Ghost roles on Sunday, September 6, 2020. There will only be ONE audition. This event takes place on Thursday, September 22, Friday, September, 23, and Saturday September 24. Ghosts and Gravestones taps into the tradition of “Candlelight Tours” which are living history programs that enacts the lives of 10-14 people who lived or died in Danville or were buried at the Old Grove street cemetery. The narratives delve creatively into local history as told through the eyes of these historical ghosts. This year I have been told there are new characters added to equitably represent all of Danville’s history Ghosts. Each tour begins at the Sutherlin Mansion, follows a trail through Grove Street cemetery and ends back at the museum.
Our museum interns are currently working hard on recording the historical documents used to write the scripts that are presented by Smokestack and will be offering a Scavenger Hunt for the Ghosts and Gravestone event.
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