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20221123 IMAS Winter Christmas Tree Forest webThe International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) invites the community to celebrate with them in its upcoming winter festivities. IMAS will be hosting a Biodiversity Festival and Market at the Museum, its “Annual Christmas Tree Forest,” as well as Winter Programs including a Winter Camp and an Adult Folk Art Workshop.

The Biodiversity Festival will celebrate the incredible variety of life on Earth. Explore the field of biodiversity through hands-on activities, visit the Smithsonian exhibition “Life in One Cubic Foot,” engage with community organizations, and shop at the Market at the Museum. Participating community organizations include UTRGV Soil Ecology Lab, Estero Llano Grande State Park, and more. The event will be held at IMAS on December 4, from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. with a special early Member’s Hour from 12 p.m. to 1 p.m.

This year's Annual Christmas Tree Forest is celebrating "An International Christmas" and is organized and supported by the IMAS Guild. This annual tradition has been a favorite, long-standing exhibit that brings the community together and the IMAS to life during the holiday season. Each tree follows an overarching theme and interprets that theme in its own creative and original way. The tradition of the Christmas Tree Forest brings to life the spirit of art, creation, and handmade ornaments and inspires creativity among our youngest visitors through adult organizations and groups. The Annual Christmas Tree Forest will be on display at the IMAS starting December 3 through December 31.

Programs at IMAS this December include Operation Imagination Winter Camp and an Adult Folk Art Workshop in Basketry. Operation Imagination Winter Camp is a three-day camp, December 28 through December 30, that will focus on the Smithsonian exhibition “Life in One Cubic Foot,” as campers become investigators through outdoor surveys and activities about nature. Online registration for the Winter Camp is now open.

The Folk Art Workshop in December will explore the beautiful art of Mexican basketry and its roots in indigenous practices. Participants (ages 18+) will get a closer look at Mexican basketry in the IMAS permanent collection and then create their own functional bowl from reeds. This workshop will be held December 10, from 2 p.m. to 4 p.m. at the IMAS. This class will be taught by IMAS Educator Selena Garza and the cost is $15 per participant ($10 for IMAS Members). Visitors are also invited to take on the Gingerbread House Workshop building challenge on December 9, 10, 11, and 17. This workshop is $10 ($5 for IMAS Members). Learn more about workshops or register online at https://theimasonline.org/explore-imas.

The International Museum of Art & Science (IMAS) located in the Rio Grande Valley inspires audiences of all ages to explore art and science through its permanent collections, exhibits, programs, and partnerships by empowering learners to discover their interests and pursue their passions. The IMAS is fully accredited by the American Alliance of Museums and is an Affiliate of the Smithsonian Institution.

The museum is located at the intersection of Bicentennial Way and Nolana Avenue at 1900 W. Nolana in McAllen. Hours of operation are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Wednesdays, Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays; 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. on Sundays. Regular admission is $5 with discounted $3 for children ages 4-12, students with an ID and senior citizens 65+. Museums for All (WIC/EBT) discount is $1 up to four people per card. Please check the website www.theimasonline.org or call (956) 681-2800 for more information.