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Source: Kathrine Schlageck, 785-532-7718, klwalk@k-state.edu
News release prepared by: Martha Scott, 785-532-7718, marthas@k-state.edu

Friday, Jan. 7, 2011

POP ART, COMMUNITY INTERSECT AT BEACH MUSEUM'S OPEN HOUSE FOR MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

MANHATTAN -- The Beach Museum will celebrate two world-changers with its Martin Luther King Day Open House.

The free Day-On Open House is 10 a.m. to noon Monday, Jan. 17. The event, funded by a Community Giving Program Grant from Target, celebrates the holiday as a day on, not a day off.

Activities are organized around the museum's exhibition "Big Shots: Andy Warhol Photography from the '70s & '80s." Participants can learn more about the artist's pop art while contributing to the community. Activities include creating photo self-portraits in Warhol's signature style to celebrate individuality and helping with the Martin Luther King community paint-by-numbers project.

"One of Warhol's most recognized pieces is 'Campbell's Soup,'" said Kathrine Schlageck, senior educator at the Beach Museum. "We are encouraging attendees to bring a can of soup to benefit the Flint Hills Breadbasket."

To continue the soup can theme, Beach Buddies and family members have been invited to create original soup can labels that will be on display at the museum Jan. 17-23. Cans of soup for the Breadbasket will be accepted throughout the week at the museum.

Reservations are not necessary, but children must be accompanied by an adult. The event is free; however, there is a suggested donation of one can of soup per person.

The Community Giving Program is part of ongoing efforts by Target to strengthen families and communities throughout the country. Since opening its doors in 1962, Target has given 5 percent of its income to communities. Today that giving equals more than $3 million every week.

For more information, contact Martha Scott at the Beach Museum of Art at 785-532-7718 or drop by the museum on the southeast corner of the K-State campus at 14th Street and Anderson Avenue. Free visitor parking is available next to the building. Normal museum hours are 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Wednesday through Saturday; and noon to 5 p.m. Sundays. The museum is closed Mondays and Tuesdays.