TAM Docents: Gingerbread Village at Tacoma Art Museum
I wanted to make you aware of an addition to our atrium this holiday season as it may play well into general museum tours – and it’s just plain fun!
Please read below to learn more about the Gingerbread Village at Tacoma Art Museum.
Manager of Public and Volunteer Programs
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Contact: Kim Pepin, Event Chair
Office: (253) 677-4600, Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
THE JUVENILE DIABETES RESEARCH FOUNDATION PARTNERS
WITH TACOMA ART MUSEUM TO PRESENT
THE THIRD ANNUAL SOUTH SOUND GINGERBREAD VILLAGE
Community event to help raise awareness of and education on type 1 diabetes
TACOMA, (Nov 18, 2009) –Visit Tacoma Art Museum December 2 through 13 and see innovative creations of culinary and architectural genius. Celebrating the theme of Tacoma Landmarks: Past and Present, the gingerbread village features seven larger-than-life displays created by local designers, students, and artists from Affairs Chocolate & Desserts, BCRA, Bellarmine Preparatory School, Jonz Catering, Korsmo Construction, Paprika Catering, and local tile artist Claudia Riedener. The display is free with museum admission.
This annual holiday event educates the community about a life-changing disease that millions of children and adults live with every day— type 1 (or juvenile) diabetes. Local businesses and individuals sponsor the event with proceeds going to JDRF. "We are very excited and honored to partner with Tacoma Art Museum on this fun family event that highlights the important work of two local organizations,” said Kim Pepin, Event Chair and former JDRF South Sound Board President.
Students involved with the design and creation of these gingerbread houses have an opportunity to learn from and collaborate with industry professionals on a project benefiting others' health and quality of life. “Because of our focus on education and community, this collaboration with JDRF is a perfect way to utilize the museum as a community resource,” noted Tacoma Art Museum Director Stephanie A. Stebich.
WHERE: Tacoma Art Museum, 1701 Pacific Ave
HOURS: Wednesday – Sunday, 10 am – 5 pm; Free Third Thursday 10 am – 8 pm
ADMISSION: Adult $9, Student/Military/Senior (65+) $8, Family $25 (2 adults and up to 4 children under 18). Children 5 & under free. Third Thursdays free. Members always free.
CONTACT: (253) 272-4258 or info@TacomaArtMuseum.org, www.TacomaArtMuseum.org or http://www.jdrfnorthwest.org/
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JDRF is the leader in research leading to a cure for type 1 diabetes in the world. It sets the global agenda for diabetes research, and is the largest charitable funder and advocate of diabetes science worldwide.
The mission of JDRF is to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune disease that strikes children and adults suddenly, and can be fatal. Until a cure is found, people with type 1 diabetes have to test their blood sugar and give themselves insulin injections multiple times or use a pump – each day, every day of their lives. And even with that intensive care, insulin is not a cure for diabetes, nor does it prevent its eventual and devastating complications, which may include kidney failure, blindness, heart disease, stroke, and amputation.
Since its founding in 1970 by parents of children with type 1 diabetes, JDRF has awarded more than $1.3 billion to diabetes research, including more than $100 million in FY2009. In FY2009, the Foundation funded more than 1,000 centers, grants in laboratories, hospitals, and industry, and fellowships in 22 countries.
For more information, visit the JDRF Northwest Chapter web site at www.jdrfnorthwest.org or call (206) 838-5153.
About Tacoma Art Museum
Tacoma Art Museum connects people and builds community through art. The museum serves the diverse communities of the region through its collection, exhibitions, and learning programs, emphasizing art and artists from the Northwest. The museum's five galleries display an array of top national shows, the best of Northwest art, creatively themed exhibitions, and historical retrospectives. In addition, there is an Education Wing for children, adults, and seniors with an art resource center, classroom, and studio for art making. Tacoma Art Museum is located in Tacoma’s Museum District, near the Museum of Glass, the Washington State History Museum, and historic Union Station.
For more information, visit Tacoma Art Museum’s website at www.TacomaArtMuseum.org or call (253) 272-4258.