Threads of Change – The transformation of West African Textiles Exhibit
Month of May; MSU Museum, Main Gallery
West Africa’s ever-changing art and textiles will be on display at the MSU Museum, free of charge. The textiles from this region have been re-worked and transformed over time and prove West Africa to be the heartland of African art and textile production. Tradition and modernization are expressed from the Kente cloth of Ghana and mud cloth of Mali, to the indigo Adire cloth of Nigeria and printed cottons of Guinea. The availability and use of new technologies and materials, the exposure to new design sources, changes in religious and cultural traditions, the ingenuity of individual artists, and commercial global market forces have all influenced the design, color, meaning, and function of West African textiles. This new MSU Museum exhibition includes examples of cloths that illustrate some of these changes.
For more information, contact the MSU Museum, at pr@museum.msu.edu.

Michigan Eats Exhibit
Month of May; MSU Museum, Heritage Gallery
Earlier this year, “Michigan Foodways” traveled with the Smithsonian’s “Key Ingredients: America by Food” to six sites in Michigan where they were seen by enthusiastic visitors from around the country. The Smithsonian’s exhibition has left the state, and “Michigan Foodways” has returned to Michigan State University Museum for refurbishing and expansion before it once again tours the state. Part of this make over project will entail adding “Local Voices,” a section about the foodways of the sites where the exhibit was hosted earlier from the perspective of those local communities (Chelsea, Calumet, Cheboygan, Whitehall, Frankenmuth, and Dundee). This transformed exhibit, renamed “Michigan Eats: Regional Culture through Food,” will open at the Michigan State University Museum in April 2009 and begin touring elsewhere in the state in the fall.
For more information, contact MSU Museum, at pr@museum.msu.edu.

Monster Piano Concert
May 3, 3 p.m.; Wharton, Cobb Great Hall, Shaw Lane at Bogue Street, East Lansing, MI
Don’t miss your last chance to see the fourth and final concert in Showcase Series, featuring eight MSU piano faculty performing on stage on eight grand pianos.
For more information, contact College of Music, at (517) 353-5340.

Pack Up, Pitch In, Help out
May 1 through May 15, All Day; MSU campus, University Village, University Apartments, and East Lansing Hannah Community Center
Packing up and moving out for the summer just got easier. Don’t know what to do with all that ‘stuff’ you’ve got lying around? Finding it hard to fit everything into the car to take with you? Pack up, pitch in, and help out. The Division of Housing & Food Services encourages students and East Lansing community members to recycle and donate unwanted items through the “Pack Up, Pitch In, Help Out” program, promoting environmental sustainability during residence hall move-out. The program is collecting clothing, shoes, food, books, bikes, plastics #1 and #2, white and mixed paper, metal futons, household appliances, loft lumber, furniture, and e-waste, including all items with batteries or cords. Donated items can be dropped off at residence halls on campus through May 9, University Village through May 13, The East Lansing Hannah Community Center between May 7-8, and at University Apartments between May 11-15.
For more information, contact Chip Hornburg, at hornburg@msu.edu.

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