The Osage Nation Museum is hosting its inaugural Creative Community Holiday Ornament Craft Workshop throughout December, which engages museum attendees to make their own Osage culture-themed Christmas ornaments.
In a statement, the museum said the ornament workshop is at the Imagination Station, where materials are available for attendees to make a holiday ornament. The Imagination Station is an engaging, interactive area in the museum’s exhibit gallery that is geared towards youth, but visitors of all ages are welcome to participate.
The ornament craft workshop activities are being funded by the Osage Nation Foundation, which includes two special events open to the public at the museum on the government campus in Pawhuska.
The museum said this activity involves making a simple paper cutout ornament with Osage designs. “By using Osage themes and motifs this will help visitors learn about Osage culture while connecting with the Museum’s collection. Visitors can either take their ornament home or leave it with museum staff for inclusion on the ONM’s Holiday Tree,” according to the museum.
The following two events will be held featuring the ornament workshop:
- On Saturday Dec. 10, the museum is also hosting a pop-in event (no registration required) from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. for people of all ages. The ONM will be collaborating with Osage Artists, the Wah-Zha-Zhi Cultural Center and the ON Education STEAM department to produce unique, thoughtful and educational ornaments. There will be four craft stations set up with an Osage artist and teaching assistants to help visitors create holiday ornaments.
- On Friday Dec. 16 from 5 to 7 p.m. the ONM will host its inaugural Creative Community Holiday Tree Lighting. Visitors will be able to come and see the museum’s holiday tree decorated with the ornaments produced throughout the month of December. Santa will also be at the museum for photos with attendees.
ON Foundation Executive Director Bill Webb said the Foundation granted $4,327 to the museum, recognizing the ornament workshop as a stand-alone collaborative project approved by the Foundation board. The money is to be used for all the materials needed for the event, plus money to promote the event and provide snacks, etc. at the event, he said.
Hallie Winter, ONM curator said: “The staff at the ONM would like to thank the Osage Nation Foundation Board for approving our grant application to create the first annual Creative Community Holiday Ornament Craft Workshop. This workshop will engage and enhance relations with our local community while providing a fun filled, ONM collections related activity.”