Chandler Museum offers exhibits, programs

Chandler Museum’s “American Farmer” exhibit features 45 fascinating portraits by photographer Paul Mobley, accompanied by anecdotes and memories in the farmers’ own words. (Special to GetOut)

Chandler Museum, 300 S. Chandler Village Drive, Chandler is offering a variety of free programs next month as well as a new exhibit.

The museum is open 10 a.m.-5 p.m. Tuesday through Saturday and 1-5 p.m. Sunday. It is closed Mondays. Information: 480-782-2717 or chandlermuseum.org.Exhibits.

Most of the programming events offer a chance to reserve a seat and unless otherwise noted, are free. Go to eventbrite.com/d/az and search by “Chandler Museum.”

Dust Bowl Migrants in Chandler (Through Aug. 13, 2023)

In the late 1930s Chandler had an influx of Dust Bowl migrants who fled their homes in search of a better life. Government photographers Dorothea Lange and Russell Lee documented unique stories showing these migrants and their dwellings, which were often temporary.

This exhibition is a history of Dust Bowl Chandler through unique black and white photographs. It examines what home looked like and makes connections between 1930s Chandler and Chandler today. It includes themes of housing, migration, agriculture, technology, self-sufficiency, and empathy.

American Farmer (Through May 25)

This exhibition features 45 iconic portraits showing the geographic and cultural diversity of the American Farmer. This vivid portfolio from photographer Paul Mobley is accompanied by anecdotes and memories in the farmers’ own words. The images and words are both a testament to the farmers’ enduring hospitality and a glimpse into the hardships and joys of their way of life – one that once defined our national identity.

This exhibition is a program of ExhibitsUSA, a national division of Mid-America Arts Alliance, and The National Endowment for the Arts.

Adult Programs

History Bites, noon-12:30 p.m. May 3

Agriculture made Arizona an economic force and helped develop the water infrastructure we all enjoy today. Chandler’s farming and ranching contribution is significant in the history of our state. Arizona Farm Bureau Outreach Director Julie Murphree is from a generational farming family rooted in Chandler. She will discuss her own family farm, while also revealing the 30,000-foot view of Arizona agriculture today.

Youth Programs

Play Day, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 14

Tinker with some classic building toys and make something amazing. Bring your family and toy with classic games and toys. Brush up on the classics or explore something new! Each month features a different set of games and toys. Outdoor games and activities will be available in the courtyard weather permitting.

In the Exhibits, 11 a.m.-2 p.m. May 21

“In the Exhibits “immerses kids in interactive activities throughout the museum’s exhibits. Kids will participate in activities throughout the exhibit and gain deeper insights into the display.

C-Town Suitcase Club

10:30-11:15 a.m., May 4 and 18

Phones: Miss the cord? Or the ticking sound of the dial? Bring your children for a hands-on exploration of phones before they were portable. Pack your bags and travel back in time where everyday objects look completely different. These 45-minute programs are led by our friendly educators who compare everyday items, then and now. With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5.

Please register both adults and children attending as space is limited.

Art Tots

10:30-11:15 a.m. May 11 and 25 , 10:30am-11:15am

Photo Art. Take a peek into the world of photography as we explore how light creates images and make art using photographs.

Want to make art with your little one but don’t want to clean the mess? Come for a 45-minute program led by our friendly educators that is an age-appropriate introduction to different art styles and concepts. With new themes each month, program participants will begin together with a central topic and then break off into family groups to engage in several art-centered activity stations. Geared toward ages 3-5.

Please register both adults and children attending as space is limited.