We attended a ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art Education at the Tucson Museum of Art (TMA) on Jan. 12. The TMA education center was recently renovated because of a $1.5 million donation by Alice and Paul Baker.

Mrs. Baker has been on the museum board of trustees for 32 years and participated in classes at TMA when she was in high school. She spoke about her passion for art and the reason that she and her husband support the Tucson Museum of Art.

After the ribbon cutting ceremony and several speakers, we were able to go into the Center for Art Education and the main building of the museum. In the Alice Chaiten Baker Center for Art, there were classrooms for kids and adults to use.

There are six rooms in the building including: the Stonewall Foundation Community Room; James H. and Frances R. Allen Library; Anne E. and Jeffrey W. Gartner Lobby; The Kimball Conference Room; Michael S. Bylsma Executive Suite; and the Bob and Marilyn Joyce Conference Room. They even named one of the restrooms the Mikolajczak/Tello Family Restroom.

During the event visitors were able to tour the new rooms and offices. Throughout the morning, there were performances by the UArizona Fred Fox Jazz Ensemble and the Ballet Rincon Youth Ensemble.

There were many fun art making activities and even an art story time. We completed multiple art projects with other kids. We made buttons, a landscape with tissue paper and a clay and wire sculpture. You and your family should visit the Tucson Museum of Art!


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Andrea Divijak