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All events are FREE and open to the public unless otherwise noted.
Free Public Tours: Every Saturday and Sunday, 1pm and 3pm
Free and open to the public
It is not really magic. But for many, it is the greatest trick ever seen. Stop by the MSU Broad for docent-led tours featuring our current exhibition The Transported Man and uncover how artists transform ordinary objects into art. Offered every Saturday and Sunday at 1pm and 3pm.
MSU Broad Summer Art Camp 2017
Bring your imagination and creativity to art camp this summer at the MSU Broad! At summer art camp, young artists will experiment, research, tinker and test, imagine, wonder, design, and build. Click here for more information + registration.
Broad POP Studio: Summer Edition 2017
Summer’s here and we're hitting the streets. We’ll be traversing the Greater Lansing landscape with our custom-built, screen-printing cart, searching for creative minds and committing random acts of art. Keep your eyes peeled. Locations will be announced on Twitter (@msubroad).
Saturday, May 6, 11am–3pm
Family Day: Surprise! Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
Expect the unexpected! Join us for a day of creative chances and unusual art inspired by our newest exhibition The Transported Man. Family Day is always free and open the public.
Wednesday, May 10, 1–2pm
Bookworms at the MSU Broad
Make storytime an adventure with a trip to the MSU Broad! Bring your eyes, ears, and imaginations on a journey of creative fun inspired by this month’s theme, transportation. Bookworms is a collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library. Recommended for ages 2–5.
Saturday, May 13, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: Mark Lavengood
Alan and Rebecca Ross Education Wing
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with Mark Lavengood. Mark’s big heart and wild energy will take you on an exciting musical journey. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.
Saturday, May 20 and Sunday, May 21
FIND US at the East Lansing Arts Festival
Saturday: 10am–6pm, Sunday: 10am–5pm
How do YOU use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the East Lansing Arts Festival to make something ordinary truly extraordinary. See elartfest.com for more information on the rest of the festival.
Friday, June 2, 12:30pm
Acoustic Lunch: The Springtails
Bring your lunch to the crossroads of American roots music with The Springtails. The Springtails are led by the charming Michigan-based husband-and-wife duo, Andy & Julianna Wilson, performing a variety of songs from vaudeville and swing-era standards as well as more recent numbers. The Acoustic Lunch series is offered in collaboration with Pump House Concerts.
Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm
Be A Tourist In Your Own Town
Come see what tricks we have up our sleeves at the MSU Broad. Bring your passport and get a stamp! Have fun learning with our all-ages scavenger hunt. Our friendly and knowledgeable docents will be on hand to answer questions. While you’re here, stop by a special edition of Family Day to create artwork inspired by The Transported Man and the art of illusion! Learn more: lansing.org/events/batyot/
Saturday, June 3, 10am-5pm
Family Day, Illusion, Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance
Do you believe what you see? Join us for a day of illusion and fun, making art and exploring the museum as part of Be A Tourist in Your Own Town. Bring your passport! Family Day is Presented by Farm Bureau Insurance.
Wednesday, June 14, 1pm
Bookworms at the Broad: Motion
Bring your eyes, ears, and imaginations to the MSU Broad for story time and creative fun inspired by this month's theme, motion! Bookworms is a collaboration with the East Lansing Public Library.
Thursday, June 15, 8:30am–3:30pm
Day Trip to the Frederik Meijer Gardens and Sculpture Park
Members: $60/person • Public: $80/person
Purchase tickets here
Ai Weiwei has emerged as one of the definitive cultural voices of the 21st century. Known to work in a wide variety of contexts and scale, his ability to transform materials to share his ideas, concerns, and vision has given rise to a critically acclaimed and widely appreciated body of work. Join the MSU Broad as we travel to the Frederik Meijer Gardens & Sculpture Park for an exclusive look at this landmark exhibition, Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State. On this unique day trip, you’ll learn about the seemingly contrasting themes of tradition and modernity that are critical to the artist’s work while viewing roughly 20 works of art that comprise his first show in the upper Midwest. Discover, through a never-ending variety of materials and forms, how Ai Weiwei communicates important concepts about his life, his homeland, and the world. Cost for this trip is per person and includes round-trip transportation via motor coach, park admission, a private guided tour of Ai Weiwei at Meijer Gardens: Natural State, and a narrated tram tour of the park. The motor coach is scheduled to depart East Lansing at approximately 8:30am and return around 3:30pm. Lunch is on your own at the Taste of the Gardens Café. All attendees will receive a detailed itinerary upon registration. Contact Sandra Brown at firstname.lastname@example.org or (517) 884-3914 if you have any questions.
Friday, June 16, 6pm
This is Not a Tour: The Transported Man
Take an unconventional look at our newest exhibition The Transported Man. Discover how ordinary objects are transformed into works of art through this offbeat, interactive tour.
Saturday, June 24, 12–3:30pm
Kozmic Picnik & Second Line Parade, East Lansing Summer Solstice Jazz Festival
Join us on the lawn for another out-of-this-world musical experience! Unfold your blankets and expand your minds. Our friends at the Kerrytown Concert House have brought us two far-out talents for this year’s event. Internationally renowned percussionist and composer Kahil El Zabar is considered one of the most prolific jazz innovators of his generation, and David Murray, tenor saxophonist, has perfected his unique approach to improvisation. Beyond the music, make sure the whole family visits our activity area to decorate parasols for the Second Line parade immediately following the performances. Kozmic Picnik performance selections were made by Deanna Relyea, Artistic Director of Kerrytown Concert House and Edgefest in Ann Arbor, MI.
Saturday, June 24, 12pm
FIND US at Delta Rocks
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the Delta Rocks Family Festival to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.
Saturday, June 24, 3pm
FIND US at the Festival of the Sun
How do you use your imagination? Artists use theirs to transform the world around them. Visit our THIS-IS-NOT-THAT booth at the Festival of the Sun to make something ordinary truly extraordinary.
Tuesday, June 27, 7pm
MSU Grandparents University: The Transported Evening
Grandparents University participants are invited to join us for a night of art and illusion featuring our current exhibition, The Transported Man. There is something for everyone, including self-guided gallery tours, conversations with docents, and drop-in art making activities. Don’t miss this evening of creative fun! Please note: Participants must be registered with the MSU Alumni Association for this event.
Thursday, June 29, 3:30pm
MSU Alumni University: Behind the Scenes at the MSU Broad
Alumni University participants are invited to join us for a “behind-the-scenes” tour. What do fireflies, mirrors, and forklifts have in common? Come join us as we take a behind-the-scenes tour of The Transported Man with museum staff. Learn about the process of installing a museum exhibition that defies gravity, convention, architectural challenges and more. This unique program includes a guided tour and conversation. Please note: Participants must be registered with the MSU Alumni Association for this event. You can register online here.