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Virtual Weekend Conference for Authors, Artists, & Educators

Virtual Weekend Conference for Authors, Artists, & Educators

University of Findlay Mazza Museum’s 2021 Virtual Weekend Conference will take place Nov. 12-13 via Zoom. Mazza’s Weekend Conference is designed with authors, artists, educators, and children’s book enthusiasts in mind. Participants will be able to learn from six renowned children’s book authors and illustrators through this interactive experience. Cost of registration is $60 and includes attendance to all six keynote sessions and access to presentation recordings for up to three months after the conference. Those who take the conference for credit will have the general registration fee waived. After registering for the event, participants will receive a secure link...

Mazza Museum’s One-of-a-Kind STEAM Education Center Opens

Mazza Museum’s One-of-a-Kind STEAM Education Center Opens

The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum held a grand opening ceremony for the Joseph and Judith Conda STEAM Education Center on Friday, Sept. 10. A ribbon-cutting took place outside the STEAM Education Center, located in the Virginia B. Gardner Fine Arts Pavilion, and several University officials, community members, and donors gave remarks. Generous donors Joseph and Judith Conda, who provided the lead gift for the STEAM Education Center, were in attendance. “Children’s picture books are every child’s first window to their world,” Judith Conda stated. “The University of Findlay and Mazza Museum staff made the decision to expand and enhance...

For the Love of Art: Mazza Summer Conference 2021 Pleases All

For the Love of Art: Mazza Summer Conference 2021 Pleases All

Despite it being largely virtual, there was a tangible feeling of camaraderie surrounding the 2021 University of Findlay Mazza Museum Summer Conference, held recently from July 12-14. If the enthusiasm of the participants and the artists who took part is any indication, the kinship between them, and the love they have for the conference, hasn’t waned after a most challenging several months. The three-day conference that hosts internationally known authors and illustrators from across the country, once again brought people together in the name of art and education. Most joined via Zoom, however, an in-person watch opportunity was also available...

UF’s Mazza Museum to Reopen Without Appointment June 2

UF’s Mazza Museum to Reopen Without Appointment June 2

The University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum will lift the “By Appointment Only” requirement on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, and will resume normal hours of operation.  Visitors are invited to stop by the Museum, Gift Shop, and The Havens Resource Center and Library Wednesday through Friday 12-5 p.m., and Sunday 1-4 p.m. to explore the art of children’s picture books after June 2, 2021.  Following the recent announcement made by Governor Mike DeWine regarding the expiration of COVID-19 health orders, the Mazza Museum is updating their safety guidelines and requirements to align with the recommendations of the Centers for Disease Control...

Mazza Museum Gearing up for Summer Conference ’21

Mazza Museum Gearing up for Summer Conference ’21

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum will be holding their 2021 annual Summer Conference in a virtual format July 12-14. The virtual, three-day conference brings together internationally known authors and illustrators from across the country to share information about themselves and the art they create for picture books. Cost of the full three-day conference is $60. Attendance is limited to 300 participants. Registration ends July 9. Benjamin Sapp, director of the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, said, participants will “hear from some of the top authors and illustrators of picture books in the country. They will share with you about their life, the books they...

Family Everywhere: Graduate Student Employee of the Year Makes Connections

Family Everywhere: Graduate Student Employee of the Year Makes Connections

Commitment. Commitment to studying. Commitment to attending class. Commitment to projects, papers, and presentations. It’s a word that all University of Findlay students know well, as the strength of it can often determine the fate of an academic career. For some UF students like Mahdi Khansari, who was recently named the University of Findlay Graduate Student Employee of the Year for his work with UF’s Mazza Museum, it leads to recognition for their dedication to commitments outside of the classroom. Khansari comes to UF by way of his home country of Iran, where he earned an undergraduate degree in engineering...

Mazza to Host 2021 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

Mazza to Host 2021 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, in conjunction with the Jane Addams Peace Association, will host the 2021 Jane Addams Children’s Book Award Virtual Ceremony on Wednesday, April 28, 2021, at 1:00 p.m. EST. The ceremony will be presented virtually via Zoom Webinar and Facebook Live and include award presentations, addresses from award recipients, and a question-and-answer session. Webinar registrants will receive a link to the recorded session following the event. Registration is available on the Mazza Museum’s website. The Jane Addams Children’s Book Award has recognized children’s books of literary and aesthetic excellence annually since 1953. Books which receive this...

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum Partners with Hancock Literacy

University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum Partners with Hancock Literacy

The Findlay community has many avenues to develop a knowledge of literature in children, and recently, a couple of gems from the area – Hancock Literacy, a literacy organization to coordinate and support community initiatives that promote lifelong literacy, and the University of Findlay’s Mazza Museum, known to house the world’s largest collection of original art work by children’s book illustrators – have partnered for the Tell-a-Tale story writing contest. As a result, an opportunity for an even deeper educational breadth and partnership is blooming, much like the knowledge and creativity it is planting in the community’s kids. The contest...