Do the Mu!—Mini Butterfly Paperweights

Help celebrate The Big Read by creating a mini butterfly paperweight at the Massillon Museum’s “Do the Mu!” workshop on Saturday, April 2, from noon to 2:00 p.m. Open to participants of all ages, the monthly session is free and all materials are supplied. Guests are invited to drop in any time during the workshop. No reservations are required.
Instructor Gary Spangler holds bachelor’s degrees in visual art: fibers and art education: K through 12 from Kent State University and a master’s degree in education from The University of Akron. He has taught art at Massillon City Schools, The University of Akron, Malone University, and the Massillon Museum. His teaching spans all ages and innumerable art forms including handcrafted books, photography, fibers, jewelry, enameling, origami, and ceramics.
The art project complements The Big Read, which this year features In the Time of the Butterflies by Julia Alvarez. Do the Mu participants can also visit a lower level lobby exhibit, Las Mariposas: The Mirabal Sisters, which features the main characters of the book. Using the codename “mariposas” (butterflies), the courageous sisters helped topple the despotic rule of Dominican dictator Rafael Trujillo. For a complete list of 40 events scheduled to enhance the reading experience, visit the Museum’s website, massillonmuseum.org.
The Big Read is a National Endowment for the Arts initiative to return leisure reading to America. The NEA presents The Big Read in partnership with the Institute of Museum and Library Services and in cooperation with Arts Midwest. The Big Read brings together partners across the country to encourage reading for pleasure and enlightenment. This is the ninth consecutive year the Massillon Museum has earned this prestigious grant.
Support for the local program is also provided by The Women’s Fund Endowment of Stark Community Foundation, Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029, and Rotary Club of Massillon.  Local organizations and individuals collaborating with the Massillon Museum include:  the Massillon Public Library; Stark Parks (Exploration Gateway); Massillon/North Canton Elks #2029; Immigrant Worker Project-Centro San Jose; All a Flutter Butterflies; Partners Against Trafficking of Humans–Stark, the Artful Living Program; Walsh University and Walsh University Museum Studies Club; AHEAD/SPARK Massillon, Washington High School Drama Department, Washington High School, R.G. Drage, Soroptimist International of Canton/Stark County, The Wilderness Center; Anderson’s in the City; North Canton Public Library; Kozmo’s Grille; The Inn at University Village; Stark County Lake Branch Library; Augsburg Lutheran Church-Nuestra Casa; Lincoln Theatre; Saint Joseph Catholic Church; Mo’ Joes Coffee House and Café Book Club; St. Ives Book Club; La Amistad at Dover Public Library; Ohio State University-ATI; Kent State University; Domestic Violence Project, Inc.; The Barrel Room; Massillon Woman’s Club; and many community volunteers.
The Massillon Museum receives operating support from the Ohio Arts Council and ArtsinStark to supplement its primary local funding.
The Massillon Museum is located at 121 Lincoln Way East in downtown Massillon.  Free parking is available on adjacent streets and in nearby city lots.  For more information, call the Museum at 330-833-4061 or visit massillonmuseum.org. A visit to the Massillon Museum is always free.