College Night at the High Museum 1/28/2012
The High Museum had College Night on Saturday, January 28, 2012. The turnout was huge, and there wasn't a keg in sight. Students created jewelry and totes, experienced modern masters from Picasso to Warhol, listened to live bands, danced and watch Dance Truck students perform.

One of the security guards told me he thought it was a great idea to attract young members, many of whom will return with future spouses and later their own children. I agreed. I was very pleased to see so many students come out on a Saturday night and become truly engaged with the art.

Nicole Taylor in Public Relations was kind enough to escort me while I took pictures in the Picasso to Warhol wing. It was obvious that students were looking very carefully at the pieces on display. She told me that this exhibit, like most exhibits, had actually been modeled in a miniature version of the gallery space. They test out not only the arrangement of paintings and sculptures, but details like the wall color. Such attention to detail shows in the final product. This show will continue through April, so there is plenty of time to come down to the High Museum to see it for yourself.

The live bands were entertaining, and DJ Santiago Paramo got people dancing. The Dance Truck students performed three times, and when their show was over, the majority of attendees joined in on the dancing.

A nice touch was an area in the education center where students could create their own jewelry and tote bags. Participants could drizzle like Pollock onto the tote bags and take their designs home with them.

All photos by John E. Ramspott
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