Kids visit the New England Coastal Wildlife Alliance craft tables during Right Whale Day 2012.
The families arrived early and came in a steady stream between 10a – 2p yesterday for Right Whale Day. They worked their way through the right whale obstacle course created by our High School Apprentices; created origami and whale tale necklaces with New England Coastal Wildlife staff and tried on the blubber glove to test the insulating capacity of whale blubber. They were greeted by Whale and Dolphin Conservation Society staff as they entered WDCS’s 48ft inflatable right whale and learned important right whale information from NOAA education staff. Many stayed for some tasty cake topped with a frosted right whale. We wrapped up the day with a 2pm viewing of Ocean Frontiers: The Dawn of a New Era in Ocean Stewardship, a new documentary that highlights four innovative collaborations that have led to increased protection of our ocean resources.
We thank NECWA, WDCS, NOAA, our high school apprentices and WM docents and Facilities staff for their help in making yesterday’s festivities a success.
Young visitors try to 'swim' through the propeller strike obstacle safely.
Origami Night at the Museum will feature hands-on demonstrations of the Japanese art of paper folding on AHA night, Thursday, December 8, from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the New Bedford Whaling Museum. At 6:30 p.m. the film, Between the Folds, will be shown in the Cook Memorial Theater, followed by a Q&A session with members of the FOLD Project – six MFA graduate students from the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth, College of Visual and Performing Arts (CVPA).
Demonstrations will show how to make origami whales and reveal how other elaborate and elegant creations emerge from a simple sheet of paper. No prior skills are required to learn this art. Admission is free to demonstration and film.
Recognized by several international film festivals, Between the Folds, was written produced and directed by Vanessa Gould. Presented by Green Fuse Films, “Between the Folds” chronicles the stories of 10 fine artists and intrepid scientists – all forging unconventional lives as modern paper-folders. The film paints an arresting portrait of the remarkable artistic and scientific creativity that fuels this ever-changing art form, fusing science and sculpture, form and function, ancient and new.