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UM Museum's First Friday Free Sketch Day Kicks Off Feb. 3

The University of Mississippi Museum will host the First Friday Free Sketch Day this Friday, Feb. 3. The event will be held from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. in order for guests to come and go at their own leisure.

Children enjoying First Friday Free Sketch Day at the University Museum.

Participants of any age and skill level are encouraged to attend the event at the museum, a place that easily inspires creativity and innovativeness. From children accompanied by an adult to families looking for a fun afternoon outing to college students who need a break from class, all audiences are encouraged to take part in expressing their creativity. Friday Free Sketch Day will allow guests to freely roam the museum’s galleries and sketch any art that captures their attention, allowing them to create a masterpiece of their own.
First Friday Free Sketch Day, which will take place the first Friday of every month, will allow guests to freely roam the museum’s galleries and sketch any art that captures their attention, allowing them to create a masterpiece of their own.
Aid from a local foundation and volunteer group has allowed the museum to provide artists with sketching materials and sketch stools, as they remain available for the duration of the Sketch Day. 
“These were made possible through a grant from the Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow to purchase the museum gallery stools, which we have used with a variety of programming, and the Friends of the Museum, who helped us purchase sketch materials to launch the program,” said the museum’s curator of education, Emily McCauley.
The grant provided by Lafayette Oxford Foundation for Tomorrow was issued in 2015 with intent to assist the museum in their goal to educate and inspire the people of Oxford. 
“I think the University of Mississippi Museum has utilized the funds appropriately and maximized the capacity of the materials we provided,” said Joseph Holland, executive director of LOFT.
Woman gains inspiration for her own sketch from an exhibit at the University Museum.

After taking notice of the interest within all age groups, the museum quickly expanded upon its current programs and reached out to the Oxford public at large.
“This is something that other museums do, and we are always looking for ways to make the museum relevant and a place that people can come to get away from the stress of the day and spend a little time sketching,” McCauley said.
First Friday Free Sketch day is hoped to inspire the community as a whole to embrace artistic expression and interact directly with the museum.
“Our goal is to get people to think of engaging with the museum in a new way and become repeat visitors,” McCauley said.
For further information regarding the First Friday Free Sketch Day, other events, tours, exhibits and more at the University of Mississippi Museum, visit museum.olemiss.edu.


By Kaylen Miller, an intern for HottyToddy.com and a student of the Meek School of Journalism and New Media. She can be reached at kmmille4@go.olemiss.edu.
For questions or comments, email hottytoddynews@gmail.com

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