Dayley’s Update …
Col. Brant V. Dayely,
Hello, Team Bliss!
Welcome to another great Fort Bliss week. I hope everyone enjoyed some rain and relief from the heat this weekend – it looks like it may continue through the week. That doesn’t mean we all need to be stuck at home, though. El Paso offers some great indoor options for those looking to spend a rainy day out with the family.
The city of El Paso has three municipally funded museums, the Museum of Art, the Museum of Archeology and the Museum of History. The El Paso Museum of Art is located in downtown El Paso and is free for active-duty military and their families – be sure to bring your ID to prove it.
In addition to its regular exhibit the museum is currently featuring “Inquisitive Eyes: El Paso Art from 1960-2012.” The exhibit explores art that moves beyond the realm of realistic imagery and explores the reasons artists choose to use realistic, semi-abstract or completely non-representational imagery. “Inquisitive Eyes” takes viewers through different genres, showcasing installation and multimedia art as well.
The Museum of Art also features several half-day summer art classes for the little ones that range from batiking with crayon to designing superheroes. Scholarships are available. To learn more, visit www.elpasotexas.gov/art.
The El Paso Museum of Archeology is also holding summer camps for children. The museum is located on Transmountain Road and covers more than 14,000 years of history from the surrounding area. The museum features hands-on exhibits and 15 acres full of nature trails with several outdoor exhibits and more than 200 species of native plants.
Their current exhibit, “Look Close SEE FAR,” concentrates on the world and religion of the Mayan people, taking museum visitors from their ancient sites and history to their modern homes and villages. Photographs and textiles play a prominent role in this exhibit. Admission to the museum is free, and a tour can be scheduled in advance. To learn more, visit www.elpasotexas.gov/arch_museum.
The El Paso Museum of History has undergone several transformations with its newest location opening in the downtown cultural district in 2007. The museum serves to promote the rich multicultural and multinational history of this border region. Admission is free and guided tours can be scheduled.
In addition to its permanent historic exhibits, museum-goers can visit the museum’s third “Wall of Giants” exhibit honoring El Paso’s Mayors. The museum also features an exhibit on the Legend of La Llorona, a myth that mothers from the area have been using to frighten their children into behaving for generations.
The museum also features several camps for children ranging from explorations of the cowboy lifestyle to an overnight stay to meet museum “ghosts.” To learn more, visit www.elpasotexas.gov/history.
I posted this information to my Facebook page, “Tell it to COL D,” and Debbie Hendrix, the Fort Bliss chapter director for Blue Star Families, chimed in with point-of-contact information for military families and units who want more information about the program:
“If anyone would like more information about Blue Star Families and how we can help Fort Bliss, your brigade, unit or company, please send me an email at email@example.com.”
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