Don’t miss the chance to be part of this inspiring story
In August, Paraguay’s Recycled Orchestra will make its US debut at MIM. Members of the orchestra will join guests for a Family Day celebration packed with fun and inspirational activities that share their stories, passion, and music. On August 10, the public is invited to take part in museum encounters, craft activities, a musical instrument drive, self-guided tours, and a formal exhibit dedication—all included with paid museum admission.
Guests will have two chances to hear the group perform as part of museum encounters in the MIM Music Theater. They can also interact with Phoenix-based multimedia artist and musician Joe Willie Smith and watch him perform on his musical sculptures made from recycled objects. Kids are invited to choose from a variety of recycled objects to craft an instrument of their own and hear how it sounds with amplification on one of Smith’s “sound pads.”
A Paraguayan-inspired menu of white fish stew, grilled beef steak, and rice pudding will be available for lunch at Café Allegro, and the Museum Store will feature handmade crafts and jewelry, music, and books about making instruments.
In March, MIM installed an exhibit inspired by the young musicians of Cateura, Paraguay, who, with their innovative instruments made from recycled trash are the subject of an upcoming documentary, Landfill Harmonic. Their story demonstrates that poverty doesn’t preclude a life rich in music.
Come celebrate the Recycled Orchestra and provide these children with a warm welcome to the United States.