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All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.

Free Public Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday 
1pm and 3pm, Broad MSU
Free and open to the public
Free docent-led tours of the Broad MSU are offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1 and 3pm. During these 45-minute tours, visitors can learn more about current exhibitions and the architecture of the building. Please meet at the Visitor Services Desk five minutes prior to the tour.

December

Friday, December 2
Arts Night Out: 2 & 2
5–7pm, Broad MSU
8pm, (SCENE) Metrospace
Be sure to visit us during Arts Night Out in East Lansing this month! From 5–7pm, take an interactive scavenger hunt, meet photographer Heather Saunders and snag a signed copy of her new Flower House book, and enjoy some tunes from The Impact. At 7pm, multimedia artist Vanessa Cronan mixes a vibrant arrangement of synthpop, ambient, and experimental music into a ritual-like performance and high-energy dance lesson. Around 8pm, VNESS will lead us in a parade—with props created by artists Paula Schubatis and Dessi Slava—to (SCENE) Metrospace to dance with DJ ABACUS. Also hailing from Detroit, ABACUS throws down a sassy, gritty mash of trap, booty, and New Orleans bounce. This needs to be your Friday night!

Saturday, December 3
Family Day: The Sound of Art, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
11am–3pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! What does art sound like? Listen and learn as we create artwork that explores squeaky, scratchy, nice, and noisy sounds with special guests from the MSU’s Community Music School. Family Day is always FREE and open the public.

Saturday, December 3
Broad Underground Film Series: Soviet Characters
7pm, The Robin Theatre (REO Town, Lansing)
This month’s installment explores Soviet underground film. Much was contradictory about Soviet life, but the position of the underground artist was among its most paradoxical facets. Working from the margins, underground artists managed to say a lot with very little. This series is an ongoing collaboration between the Broad MSU, Film Studies Program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venues include The Robin Theatre in REO Town and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing. Stay tuned for information on our season finale at Abrams Planetarium!

Sunday, December 4
New in Student Performance
2pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Listen to the new electronic sounds of music composition major Ryan Martini. Joined by fellow composition student Doug McCausland, Ryan’s multilayered soundscapes will transport us to another time and place. This monthly series features MSU students as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research. Whether it’s music, dance, poetry, film, or something we haven’t even thought of yet, this is your chance to show us what you’ve got and support creative Spartans!

Friday, December 9
Altered Tour: Your Place at the Fire
7pm, Broad MSU
Be part of the Fire Within, currently on view at the Broad MSU. Your thoughts, stories, and actions will complete the work of artist Lin Ran who attempts to shed light on the complicated nature of gender and sexual identification. Her work, Island, is an expanding collection of personal experiences that together tell the story of a community. Contribute to this story by bringing your own written experience on a piece of plain white paper. You can read it aloud or quietly add it to the growing number of voices.

Saturday, December 10 and Sunday, December 11
Study Smart at the Broad MSU
10am–10pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Study smart at the Broad MSU during finals week! We’re offering students extended hours and a calming atmosphere. With plenty of study space, free food from 6–8pm, and relaxing art activities, you’re sure to ace exam week!

Friday, December 16
Member Appreciation Party
6pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Members are cordially invited to a year-end appreciation party at the Broad MSU! Enjoy food and drinks, art-making activities, and the company of other members as we celebrate you and your continued support of the museum. This event is free and open only to current Broad MSU members. Not a member? Sign up here to join in on the fun! Please RSVP to Sandra Szymanski at szyman48@msu.edu by Wednesday, December 14.

Saturday, December 17
Cocoa and Classics
3–5pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Bring the whole family to the Broad MSU to warm up with hot cocoa and winter inspired art-making activity while listening to holiday classics as performed by Lansing area favorite Twyla Birdsong and Friends. “From the first moment Twyla sets free a deep, soulful note, audiences are moved. Her rich, resonant voice makes her one of Lansing’s most talented and loved vocalists.”

Sunday, December 18
Broad Wellness: Creative Self-Care
11am, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Free with online registration
Transform everyday stress into well-being by moving with beauty at the Broad MSU. The Creative Self-Care experience is instructed by Heather Vaughan-Southard and uses pilates therapy and somatic dance to create a grounding sense in one’s body and offer tools for authentic expression through movement. Bodies and movers of all kinds and levels encouraged. Heather is the Director of Health and Education services for Happendance, a dance-service organization based in the Mid-Michigan area which partners with local school districts, hospitals, and social organizations.

Wednesday, December 21
BroadPOP Studio: Shortest Day, Longest Night
10am–5pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
The Winter Solstice in Michigan is marked with unique landscapes and characteristic light. Take a picture that represents the Solstice to you and submit it to mcleanbr@msu.edu before December 20. We’ll display your photos for 24 hours on the Winter Solstice, December 21, as large digital images in our Education Wing.

January

Saturday, January 7
Family Day: Transformation, presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
11am–3pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
First Saturday means Family Day at the Broad MSU! Join us in exploring the many ways art can transform spaces, places, and people as we celebrate the new exhibition, Suspended Space, by artist Kate Terry. Family Day is always free and open the public.

Sunday, January 8
Acoustic Lunch: Nathan Bell
12:30pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Nathan Bell. Musically restless, Bell tells the story of an American working class. His concise narratives come wrapped in an elegant yet down-home production of poetry and song. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.

Friday, January 13
Altered Tour: 2116, Scientific Forecasts
7pm, Broad MSU
Join MSU Chemistry Professor Joseph Ward as we don our lab coats and experiment with the UNpredictability of science, art, and the future. Professor Ward worked with the Broad MSU to execute Ruth Lyons’s work, Storm Glass, currently on display in 2116: Forecast of the Next Century. 2116 features work from 16 Irish artists illustrating their visions for Ireland’s next 100 years. Storm Glass is a barometer, based on an old Victorian model, which for Lyons reflects the arbitrary nature of trying to predict the future. Guided by Professor Ward, we’ll perform live chemistry experiments that just might leave us guessing.

Wednesday, January 18
BroadPOP Studio: Throwing Clay
2pm, Broad MSU, Lower Level
Find your center with a potter’s wheel demonstration performed by Michigan-based artist, Amy Brown. Amy received her Masters of Fine Arts degree from Michigan State University and has taught basic and advanced pottery techniques to children and adults at the Bailey Community Center in East Lansing.

Friday, January 20
Broad Underground Film Series: Eco & Ego, Art and the Anthropocene
7pm, The Robin Theatre (REO Town, Lansing)
The ice melted, human numbers blossomed, and people began to have an impact on the Earth’s natural systems. Join us for three short films, including Robert Smithson’s Spiral Jetty, that speak to this human impact. This series is an ongoing collaboration between the Broad MSU, Film Studies program, and Department of English at MSU. This year’s partnering venues include The Robin Theatre in REO Town and (SCENE) Metrospace in East Lansing. Stay tuned for information on our season finale at Abrams Planetarium!

Saturday, January 21
MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series: Jan Tichy Opening Reception
2–4pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Join us in celebrating the achievements of a four-month collaboration between Chicago-based artist Jan Tichy and students from Everett High School (Lansing) and Carman-Ainsworth High School (Flint). The results of this collaboration, which addresses the Flint Water Crisis, culminate in a sculptural installation transforming the museum’s Education Wing. This exhibition is part of the MSU Federal Credit Union’s Artist Studio Series, which invites artists to interact with the community through site-specific installations presented alongside educational encounters that offer insight into the artist's creative processes. Curated by the Steven L. Bridges, Assistant Curator. On view January 21–April 23, 2017.

Sunday, January 22
New in Student Performance: Verdant Winds performs “Music Confined”
2pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Verdant Winds is a woodwind quintet comprised of MSU graduate students who seek to reach all age groups through interactive, participatory performances that promote learning and music appreciation in a fun, casual atmosphere. This monthly series features MSU students as the Education Wing becomes a laboratory to develop and showcase their creative research. Whether it’s music, dance, poetry, film, or something we haven’t even thought of yet, this is your chance to show us what you’ve got and support creative Spartans!

Friday, January 27
The Hob Nob wsg Gifts or Creatures
6–8pm, Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Our favorite Friday night hang out is back—and now with live music! Gifts or Creatures is the musical pursuit of Brandon and Bethany Foote. The couple fuses a blend of midwestern folklore, old world history, and cinematic soundscapes to create a trove of antique Americana. This is the perfect spot to unwind and connect with art and art lovers. Admission is free and includes awesome activities, appetizers, and a cash bar. Galleries will be open and exhibitions on view will include: Fire Within: A New Generation of Chinese Women Artists, 2116: Forecast of the Next Century, MSU Federal Credit Union Artist Studio Series: Jan Tichy, Kate Terry: Suspended Space, Rite and Reason, and “The Wearing of the Green.”