witsmeniljpgThe Menil Arts Community Open House will be held at The Menil Park Saturday, April 25, 2009.  This event will showcase the many arts and non-pofit organizations that are located around the Menil Collection.  These organizations include Inprint, Da Camera, Aurora Picture Show, Texas Accountants and Lawyers for the Arts (TALA), and Southwest Alternate Media Project (SWAMP) among others.

Writers in the Schools (WITS) will host creative writing tours open to families at The Menil Collection from 4-6PM. Tours will begin every half hour in the Menil foyer. WITS writers will lead a brief writing exercise using the Menil as inspiration, giving participants a chance to express themselves creatively through written word. Go on a tour and be inspired by great art!

In addition, WITS and Da Camera partnered to create The New Songs Project.  Poems written by the students participating in this program have been set to original music by a team of young composers from Rice University’s Shepherd School of Music and the University of Houston’s Moores School of Music. At this free concert you will hear these new works performed by an ensemble of young musicians.  The concert will be held at the Cy Twombly Gallery, 1501 Branard, at 3:oo PM.

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The Menil Arts Community Open House is also sponsoring a scavenger hunt.  A list of clues will be handed out to interested participants at various locations on the Menil Campus.  All of the items on the scavenger hunt will be found on the Menil Campus (Between Richmond and Alabama, and between Mandell and Graustark). Forms should be turned in by 9PM on April 25th at Aurora Picture Show.  The drawing will take place on Monday, April 27th.  Prizes include exclusive tickets, rare prints, books, DVDs, memberships and many more!  A map and schedule for the day are available here. Come to The Menil Collection on Saturday and enjoy the fun!

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