The Newark Museum of Art to Close Temporarily Starting March 14th

n the interest of protecting the well-being of our staff, members, volunteers, and visitors, and following guidance from local, state and federal authorities regarding measures that best promote public health, we have decided to temporarily close The Newark Museum of Art beginning on Saturday, March 14th. We will reopen on Thursday, April 16th. 

The Newark Museum of Art’s top priority is the safety and peace of mind for our members, visitors, staff and partners. Each decision we make during this challenge starts with us asking what is best for our visitors and staff. Lastly, we want you to know we are carefully monitoring the situation and will provide any new updates as quickly as possible. For additional questions about the virus, we suggest accessing the CDC website for the most reliable information.

We look forward to welcoming you back to the Museum soon.

THE BILLY JOEL CONCERTS SCHEDULED FOR MARCH 19 AND APRIL 10 AT MADISON SQUARE GARDEN HAVE BEEN POSTPONED

Please be advised that the upcoming Billy Joel concerts scheduled to take place at Madison Square Garden on Thursday, March 19, 2020 and Friday, April 10, 2020 have been postponed. Tickets for the March 19th show will be valid for the performance on Saturday, September 26, 2020.  Tickets for the April 10th show will be valid for the performance on Sunday, October 11, 2020.

 

Event Cancelations at the National Museum of the American Indian in New York

As a public health precaution, the Smithsonian is postponing or canceling all public events, programming and gatherings through May 3. Please consult our calendar of events, the National Museum of the American Indian website and si.edu for the latest updates. We appreciate your understanding.

At this time, the museum is open during its regularly scheduled hours.

Thank you for your continued support.

March Programs at the
National Museum of the American Indian in New York
George Gustav Heye Center
POSTPONED: Rethinking the Landscape: Haudenosaunee Women
Thursday, March 12
6 p.m.

CANCELED: Storybook Reading and Activity: The Sugar Bush
Saturday, March 14
1 to 2 p.m.

POSTPONED: Developing Stories Photographer Talk: Russel Albert Daniels
Thursday, March 26
6 to 7 p.m.


Ongoing Programs

CLOSED THROUGH MAY 3: imagiNATIONS Activity Center

POSTPONED THROUGH MAY 3: Culture Connections

Tuesday–Friday, 2 to 4 p.m.
Second Floor Galleries

Tours

The museum offers daily public tours and gallery programs by Cultural Interpreters and Museum Ambassadors. For the most up-to-date information about daily tours and gallery programs scheduled during your visit, please consult the calendar or visit the Visitor Services desks in the Great Hall on the Second Floor.
 

POSTPONED THROUGH MAY 3: Alexander Hamilton U.S. Custom House Tour
Mondays and Tuesdays, 3 p.m.
Wednesdays, Thursdays and Sundays, 2 p.m.
Fridays and Saturdays, noon
Second Floor; meet at the Information Desk.

POSTPONED THROUGH MAY 3: Infinity of Nations Exhibition Tour
Mondays, 3 p.m.
Wednesdays and Saturdays, 1 p.m.
Sundays, 1 p.m. and 2 p.m.
Second Floor; meet in the Great Hall. Tour takes place in the South Gallery.

POSTPONED THROUGH MAY 3: Stretching the Canvas Exhibition Tour
Tuesdays, 2 p.m.
Fridays, 2 and 3 p.m.
Sundays, noon
Second Floor; meet outside the East Gallery.

Resources

Native Knowledge 360°
Native Knowledge 360° (NK360°) is the National Museum of the American Indian’s national education initiative to inspire and promote improvement of teaching and learning about American Indians. NK360° provides educational materials and teacher training that incorporate Native narratives, more comprehensive histories and accurate information to enlighten and inform teaching and learning about Native America. Visit the NK360° website to explore classroom resources and sign up for the latest educator programs and workshops.

Teaching Peace to Children through Cartoons

The world can be quite chaotic, and as you raise your children, you want what’s best for them. As you teach and instill values that will help them as they grow and years to come, you can use all the available means. Peace is among such values, a concept that education helps to achieve. While thinking about education for peace, however, it doesn’t fall in the constraints of a classroom. The four walls are quite effective, but some topics might be hard for teachers to teach in a classroom without support from the environment. TV time, for instance, can be used to enhance your child’s peace education through cartoons.

Cartoons are fun, and kids learn better when they are having fun. Those giggles are not the only thing your children take away from their TV time, as they also take the values they see in their favorite characters and emulate them. Teaching peace to children through cartoons, therefore, is among the most effective approach and for good reasons. Among the top reasons to use cartoons for peace education includes;

Easily relatable

Children relate better to the likable and iconic cartoon characters. This means that they can easily trust the message such characters communicate, and emulating what cartoon characters display is, therefore, more natural for your children. With a cartoon that promotes peaceful behaviors throughout the episodes, you can conveniently teach such values to your child without affecting their entertainment.

Cartoons are engaging

A child’s concentration span is quite short, and with a boring approach, such span is even shorter and unproductive. Cartoon characters are fun, and with their innovative plots, you can keep your child engaged for an extended period. This sort of infotainment is an ingenious way to help your child learn more within a short span, and as they continuously enjoy the cartoons, experience and gain more insights that help them develop practical life skills

A multi-tool solution

Teaching peace can be quite complicated. It’s not only about being your brothers’ keeper as it entails a lot more to communicate and instill values that enhance peaceful living effectively. Teaching essential socio-emotional skills requires a more vivid approach to help your child learn how to handle adversities and conflicts without losing sight of what is important. Through cartoons’ plots, such skills are easily communicated as the children see how their favorite characters navigate their lives. By interacting with their family and friends, not to mention the cultural diversity and how to embrace it, as is seen in shows such as Maya & Miguel, kids can learn a lot while having fun.

In the modern era, where technology seems to take over every life element, you can get the most out of your child’s entertainment by creating an engaging learning environment. Utilizing what your child already loves in your quest to instill valuable social skills that are vital in navigating their lives is quite effective. While choosing cartoons, however, keep your kid’s age in mind since their curiosity levels vary, requiring certain exposure to ensure you are delivering the right insights.

Why should you hire an expert event planner

Hiring a planner will help you plan correctly, minimize errors and eventualities, keep in mind every last detail, save time and money, ensure success and enjoy the event. We have some great reasons that will show you the benefits of having professional help at hand. Here are the top reasons why you should consider hiring an organizer for your business events or other types of event.

Zero stress

The organizer is ready for everything, and for what is not, find a solution; he knows what, how, when, where and why. Your work will allow you to focus on your priorities, and you will be totally free from all anguish. There is nothing sadder than watching everyone participate and have fun, and you are busy with the guest registration. With the event planner, your only concern will be to find the right outfit for the occasion, sleep well to be lucid and enjoy the moment; without a doubt, they will make your life easier.

To the smallest detail

“Attention to detail” one of its characteristics par excellence. Although his work demands many things at once, the planner has the ability to listen to what you want and especially what you need, even managing to bring to reality what you cannot say with your words. Keep in mind each stage of the event and keep track of all the activities perfectly.

Due to its level of organization, he handles checklists, both standard (for all types of events) and customized (which demand something special or important to take into account in a given event).

Save time and money

All the tasks of an event involve time and money. The first cannot be recovered, and although the second yes, nobody is willing to invest in losing, so the planner is an expert in optimizing time and adjusting the budget to the event.

Due to his organizational skills, he does not waste time! Take advantage of every minute and know how to prioritize the importance of the urgent, even set aside time for possible unexpected events.

And well, for his experience and relationships with different distributors, he is an expert in negotiating and getting the best prices adjusting to your budget without neglecting quality.

It is better good known than bad for knowing

His career in the industry has allowed him to know a wide variety of suppliers, which means that his contact list is too complete, and according to your needs and expectations, he will hire the most suitable service for the occasion.

An event planner for the organization of your event brings too many advantages and will undoubtedly take a great weight off you; The level of stress, effort, organization, creativity and coordination that an event implies is a challenge that requires total willingness and commitment so that absolutely everything goes well. We hope you keep it in mind when creating an event.

Hiring an organizer for your event may seem like an unnecessary expense for some people. In reality, the most likely is that if you want to organize your event yourself, instead of saving money, you will be wasting time and money. It is also very likely that you will face many problems that you never imagined. Here are the best reasons why it is best to go through an organizer for your business events.

Your event organized in record time

This is one of the first advantages of hiring an organizer. He is able to organize an event quickly. If you are right about timing, then trust a professional. This advice will also probably save you a lot of money. Indeed, when you are stuck with a last-minute problem, you often have to pay a high price for a solution or employ temporary workers at the last moment or go through a professional. The organizer knows how to control and anticipate such problems. It also has a directory of people who can correct last-minute problems.

Hire an organizer to save money

This may seem paradoxical, but hiring an organizer will allow you to stay within your budget but also save money. Indeed, an organizer will manage your budget as best as possible without forgetting anything. It is a recurring problem among people who organize an event for their business themselves, forgetting certain details and realizing it at the last moment, thus increasing the bill often far beyond the budget. A professional will also be able to tell you if your budget is unrealistic in addition to knowing where to save.

Take an organizer to reduce organizational stress

Organizing an event means dealing with 4 important elements: the budget, the list and location of the guests, the location of the room and the catering part. To this is added a multitude of small details to be coordinated within a determined period. These details are generally those that increase stress to levels that are sometimes difficult to bear. Choosing an organizer for your event will save you these stresses and allow you to focus on the important.

An organizer to achieve business goals

Whether it is a product launch, a general meeting, a B2B fair or any other special event, you will certainly have business objectives to be reached given by management. An organizer can help you best achieve your business objectives, even strict ones. Not only will he save you time and money, but his work will allow you to focus on your business goals. It can also be excellent advice to help you optimize your strategy and better manage the return on investment of your business event.

Take advantage of an organizer’s contacts

This is an extremely important element. An event organizer knows a lot of people, whether in terms of room rentals, equipment suppliers or even restaurateurs. Its privileged contacts often allow it to have more attractive prices but also help you to choose the most suitable suppliers for the type of event you wish to organize. He generally has different contacts for each activity and will be able to direct you towards the professional adapted to your needs and your budget.

Conclusion 

As we have seen, hiring an organizer for your event is the ideal solution. Not only will he be able to advise you, save you money, but also you will be able to take advantage of his contact book and his expertise to have the best event, which meets your expectations and stays within the allocated budget. Hiring an event planner will be your safest bet when it comes to making your events successful. 

The Stars of the 2020 Races

If you’re geared up for the 2020 racing calendar, you’ll no doubt be keen to know who you need to look out for in time for Cheltenham and the other upcoming races. 2020 is set to be a fantastic year for racing, with a wide variety of brilliant contenders to look out for. But if you’re keen to place your bets on three of the top picks this year, we’ve selected our favorite stars of the year ahead. These three choices are some of our top picks for popular race horses that look set to perform well over the coming year. 

Fakir D’oudairies

Fakir D’oudairies won the hearts of many back in 2018 during the Cheltenham January meeting when he was victorious in the Triumph Hurdle Trial. He won by an impressive 13 lengths from Fine Brunello and while he wasn’t able to achieve the same level of success in the Super novices, there is still a chance for him to turn it around this year. He stayed up the famous Cheltenham Hill and has the ability to go really far if given the opportunity as he gains experience with age. He achieved second place among Grade 1 companies at both Aintree and Punchestown and he secured his first win of the first season in Navan, holding off his competitors by three lengths. 

Crypto

Crypto, trained by Micky Hammond, had a winning start with his debut in Newcastle and surprised people with how spectacular his performance was. He won by eleven lengths from Honda Fifty and was a stand-out contender throughout the entire race. Crypto looks set for great things and 2020 could be the perfect year to showcase his skills on the track. He’s also got great genes – he’s the half-brother of six winners, so his owner should have no difficulty in finding him opportunities going forward. He’s likely that he could face longer distances than two miles as he gains more experience, so it will be interesting to see how he fares over the coming years. 2020 could be the year that he really shines. 

Lost In Translation

Lost In Translation had a number of close calls last season which could put punters off backing him this year. But he’s a much-loved selection and this could be his season to shine. Although he fell to Defi Du Seuil at Sandown and Cheltenham, he still ended last season in a strong position by achieving success at Aintree. He won by six lengths in the Grade 1 race against Top Ofthegame and also enjoyed victories at Haydock and Carlisle. At the latter, he managed to hold off Count Meribel by two and a half lengths and by a length and a half against Bristol De Mai at Haydock. He could be one of the top racers of this season and will definitely be one to watch out for as the key races of 2020 gets underway. 

WORLDS BEYOND EARTH, A NEW HAYDEN PLANETARIUM SPACE SHOW, OPENS JANUARY 21 AT THE AMERICAN MUSEUM OF NATURAL HISTORY

Featuring immersive visualizations of distant worlds, groundbreaking space missions, and breathtaking scenes depicting the evolution of our solar system, the American Museum of Natural History’s new Hayden Planetarium Space Show, Worlds Beyond Earth will open January 21, 2020, using a new planetarium projection system that is the most advanced in the world, and is part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration. Worlds Beyond Earth, narrated by Academy Award winner Lupita Nyong’o, takes viewers on an exhilarating journey that reveals the surprisingly dynamic nature of the worlds that orbit our Sun and the unique conditions that make life on our planet possible.

 

In the past 50 years, humankind’s ability to travel through and study our solar system has increased exponentially with the advent of robotic spacecraft, and we have learned much about our neighboring planets—how they were formed and what they are like today,” said Ellen V. Futter, President of the American Museum of Natural History. “As with our previous, enormously popular Space Shows, Worlds Beyond Earth is a feat of science visualization, built on real data and research, and now dazzlingly showcased through the Hayden Planetarium’s new cutting-edge projection system. We can think of no better way to celebrate the thrilling state of space science today as well as the Museum’s 150th anniversary of bringing the world and the universe to our visitors.”

 

While humans have to yet to walk on another world beyond the Moon, Worlds Beyond Earth celebrates the extraordinary Age of Exploration carried out by our closest proxies, robotic explorers, over the past 50 years. Created by an award-winning team that includes Museum scientists, educators, and science visualization experts, Worlds Beyond Earth is an immersive theater experience based on authentic data from NASA, European Space Agency (ESA), and Japan Aerospace Exploration (JAXA) missions, telescopes, supercomputer simulations, and research conducted at institutions around the globe. Viewers will be taken on an adventure across the solar system, from our Moon and planetary neighbors Mars and Venus to beyond the asteroid belt, where worlds of ice and gas like Saturn and Jupiter host moons revealing active weather, erupting volcanoes, and buried oceans.

 

“Our ability to render these distant worlds is nothing short of astonishing, thanks to past and current space missions and the data they provide,” said Carter Emmart, the Museum’s director of astrovisualization and the director of Worlds Beyond Earth. “We’re not making anything up here. The height, color, and shapes we see come from actual measurements. In the Space Show, you see these beautiful objects as they actually are, to the best of our abilities.”

 

This is the first Hayden Planetarium Space Show that will “land” audience members on other worlds in our solar neighborhood, reconstructing actual events at specific locations, including a landing on the gray, cratered surface of the Moon, which viewers will reach by following an Apollo launch out of Cape Canaveral and the subsequent landing of the Lunar Module “Falcon,” carrying the first Lunar Roving Vehicle; and the liquid methane lakes of Saturn’s moon Titan, an almost Earthlike but extremely cold world 1.4 billion kilometers away, illuminated by ESA’s Huygens probe, launched from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft. Visualizations based on 13 years of data from NASA’s Cassini spacecraft will show viewers Saturn’s impressive, swirling rings as never before: bubbling with moonlets—house-sized baby moons—that form through a process that scientists think may parallel planet formation in the solar system. In addition, audiences will encounter one of Jupiter’s many moons, Io, which is the most volcanically active object in the solar system despite being covered by ice; Europa, another Jupiter moon with more liquid water beneath its icy crust than all of the oceans on Earth; Comet 67P, a frozen object traveling between the inner and outer solar system that the ESA’s Rosetta spacecraft chased for 10 years; and the dry and dusty landscape of Mars, based on high-resolution global maps from NASA’s Mars Reconnaissance Orbiter, Mars Global Surveyor, and ESA’s Mars Express.

 

“I don’t think many people realize just how much we, as the human race, have seen of our solar system,” said Worlds Beyond Earth curator Denton Ebel, a curator in the Museum’s Department of Earth of Planetary Sciences and chair of the Division of Physical Sciences. “But we are out there, via these incredibly complex and successful spacecraft, and what we’re learning about our unique place in it is surprising and also a bit sobering.”

 

For example, as Worlds Beyond Earth audiences will see, NASA’s Magellan mission to Earth’s “twin” planet, Venus, revealed a world that once may have had conditions very similar to our planet’s but today has a surface hot enough to melt lead because of its long-term buildup of greenhouse gases. Sending spacecraft to explore Venus deepened scientists’ understanding of global warming and illuminated that pumping carbon dioxide into our own atmosphere leads to rising temperatures and threatens civilization on Earth. In contrast, our other solar neighbor, Mars, is freezing cold. Exploration reveals that Mars’ once-plentiful water supply and active volcanoes created conditions for life but that they didn’t last long, as demonstrated in a dramatic simulation of Mars’ surface evolution. The Red Planet’s core cooled quickly, causing its magnetic field to decay and allowing most of its atmosphere to be stripped away. What is left is a dry, frozen desert—a “failed Earth.”

 

Unlike Venus and Mars, Earth is surrounded by a strong magnetic field—powered by its hot, churning outer core, which is visualized in Worlds Beyond Earth—that forms a shield that deflects solar wind and protects our atmosphere. Our planet pumps out heat, feeding volcanoes at the surface and helping to sustain this atmosphere with the perfect blend of molecules for life.

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is the first Museum Space Show to take full advantage of the world’s most advanced planetarium projection system, installed last year in the Hayden Planetarium. The first-of-its-kind high dynamic range (HDR) laser system displays the widest color gamut of any planetarium in the world, allowing visitors to experience as never before both the darkness of outer space and the most colorful worlds in our solar system (see release on Hayden Planetarium upgrades).

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is part of the Museum’s 150th anniversary celebration, which officially began in March 2019 and includes a series of events, programs, and exhibitions inspired by the Museum’s legacy of scientific exploration and science education, including the role of the historic Hayden Planetarium in bringing the latest space science to the public. First built in 1935 and named for philanthropist Charles Hayden, the world-famous facility has transported generations of New Yorkers to the edges of the observable universe, revealing mysterious cosmic phenomena and nurturing their curiosity about the magnitude and workings of our universe. The new Space Show is dedicated to the memory of Charles Hayden and opens during the 150th anniversary of the year of his birth (see release on history of the Planetarium).

 

“We are proud to be an ongoing supporter of the Hayden Planetarium at the American Museum of Natural History. Worlds Beyond Earth will continue the Museum’s long legacy of presenting the latest space science to NYC students and the general public.”

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is sponsored by Bank of America.

 

“Bank of America is pleased to sponsor the exciting new space show, Worlds Beyond Earth,” said Anne Walker, NYC President, Bank of America. “As one of the largest corporate supporters of arts and culture programming world-wide, we believe in the power of the arts to help communities thrive, educate, inspire, enrich societies, and create greater cultural understanding.”

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is curated by Denton Ebel, curator in the Museum’s Department of Earth of Planetary Sciences and chair of the Division of Physical Sciences, who specializes in the study of meteorites and cosmochemistry, and directed by Carter Emmart, who, in addition to his work as the Museum’s director of astrovisualization, was one of the original team members of the NASA-funded Digital Universe and OpenSpace projects, which continue to redefine how planetarium theaters present science to the public through immersive data visualization.

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is produced by Vivian Trakinski, who directs the Museum’s science visualization program, and documentary filmmaker Gavin GuerraRosamond Kinzler, senior director of science education, co-director of the Museum’s Master of Arts in Teaching program, and the principal investigator of the OpenSpace project, is the executive producer.

 

The script for Worlds Beyond Earth is written by Natalie Starkey, a geologist who is an author and science communicator. The score is written by Robert Miller, a New York City composer who also wrote the music for four previous Museum Space Shows, and was primarily recorded in Abbey Road Studios in London. It includes a classical guitar segment recorded in New York by musician and former New York Yankees player Bernie Williams.

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is the Hayden Planetarium’s sixth Space Show since the opening in 2000 of the Rose Center for Earth and Space, which premiered the first Space Show, Passport to the Universe, narrated by Tom Hanks, that same year. Previous Space Shows have included The Search for Life: Are We Alone? (2002), narrated by Harrison Ford; Cosmic Collisions (2006), narrated by Robert Redford; Journey to the Stars (2009), narrated by Whoopi Goldberg; and Dark Universe (2013), narrated by Neil deGrasse Tyson, Frederick P. Rose Director of the Hayden Planetarium.

 

Worlds Beyond Earth was created by the American Museum of Natural History,

the Frederick Phineas and Sandra Priest Rose Center for Earth and Space,

and the Hayden Planetarium.

 

Worlds Beyond Earth is dedicated to the memory of Charles Hayden in celebration of the 150th anniversary of his birth and made possible by the generous support of the Charles Hayden Foundation.

Proudly sponsored by Bank of America.

Generously sponsored in loving memory of Wallace Gilroy.

 

OpenSpace is based upon work supported by NASA under award No. NNX16AB93A. Any opinions, findings, and conclusions or recommendations expressed in this material are those of the author(s) and do not necessarily reflect the views of the National Aeronautics and Space Administration.

3 Famous Lightsaber Duels

The Star Wars saga has often been referred to as a “space western,” however it is the lightsaber duel, rather than the shootouts, that has best captured the imagination of fans. There have been many lightsaber battles over the course of the nine movie saga and everyone has their favorite. Perhaps one of these three famous lightsaber duels is yours.

Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Anakin Skywalker

One of the great mysteries of the original trilogy was why Anakin Skywalker and Obi-Wan became enemies and how Anakin got the injuries that resulted in him having to wear the iconic Vader suit to stay alive. Obi-Wan and Anakin’s epic duel on the volcanic planet of Mustafar finally answered those questions. The pair fought over a lake of boiling lava until Obi-Wan infamously gained the high ground. When Anakin attempted to leap past Obi-Wan, Obi-Wan cut off one of Anakin’s arms and both his legs, leaving him lying helplessly near the boiling lava. The heat from the lava eventually caught Anakin’s clothing on fire, badly burning him. After lamenting Anakin joining the Sith instead of destroying them, Obi-Wan left Anakin to his fate. Anakin survived long enough for Sidious to rescue him and have him put in the Vader suit.

Qui-Gon Jinn & Obi-Wan Kenobi vs. Darth Maul

In spite of only being the apprentice, Darth Maul was one of the prequel trilogies’ most memorable characters. Darth Maul brought a level of athleticism to the art of lightsaber fighting not previously seen in the saga. Utilizing his double-bladed lightsaber, Darth Maul fought both Jedi, eventually separating the pair, during the climactic battle of “The Phantom Menace.” As John William’s “Duel of the Fates” perfectly scored the battle, Maul killed Qui-Gon and nearly defeated Obi-Wan. However, in an act of desperation, Obi-Wan launched himself over Maul, landing behind him and slicing him cleanly in two with Qui-Gon’s fallen saber.

Yoda vs. Count Dooku

Fans never got to see Yoda take up a lightsaber in the original trilogy. A lightsaber duel would have been hard to pull off with Yoda’s original puppet form. CGI allowed Yoda to have more freedom of movement in “Attack of the Clones,” which made his much-anticipated battle with Count Dooku possible. Yoda made up for his lack of size with dazzling speed and acrobatics and battled Dooku to the point where he gave up and ran away.

These are just a few of the many iconic lightsaber battles that have fueled the imagination of fans and sparked countless debates over the decades. If you’re a fan of the Star Wars saga, chances are you have a favorite.