Midlands residents can get a look at the Columbia Museum of Art’s two-year renovation process at the first Arts & Draughts since the facelift began when the museum plays host to its popular event on Jan. 18.
Event-goers can see transformed collection galleries and art projects in the museum’s new open studios as well as get a sneak peek at Cross Hatch, an interactive space for visitors of all ages.
“Historically, Arts & Draughts has lived mostly on Boyd Plaza and in the museum lobby, but now we have all these new spaces to play in,” Joelle Ryan-Cook, art museum deputy director and director of external affairs, said in a news release. “Enjoying a beer with your friends while making art in the studios, for instance, is pretty awesome, and we’re excited to be able to offer these types of experiences to visitors in an even bigger way.”
Renovations to Boyd Plaza, which began last spring, will include the redesign of its signature fountain and the addition of two new pavilions to provide more event space.
Arts & Draughts will feature musical performances, a comedy set from Soda City Standup and featured exhibitions open to the public. There will be a cash bar, beer tastings from Columbia Craft Brewing Co., a beer station from The Whig and food from Village Idiot Pizza, Smokey Loggins and Curiosity Coffee Bar.
Tickets are $10 for museum members and $15 for non-members.
The museum will play host to two additional Arts & Draughts, to be held March 22 and on June 21, according to the release.