Island of Misfit Toys

By Gina Thomas McGee, Associate Educator

This year’s Island of Misfit Toys workshop was a blast! We had a sold-out crowd of over 250 people who came ready to build misfit masterpieces. Families hammered, smashed and hot glued to their hearts content, transforming toys into spectacular sculptures (with the help of some googly eyes). We saw a tennis ball Spongebob Squarepants, basketball hoop train station and many wild animal creations. In addition to being creative, attendees were incredibly generous as they each came with a new toy to donate to Toys for Tots. Thanks to everyone who attended. We hope you can join us again next year. In the meantime, don’t throw away any old or broken toys- we’ve already started collecting for next year!


First Annual Chili Cook-Off to Benefit United Way

By Cristina Alexander, Assistant to the Director

What’s the secret to the best chili? Some say the hotter the better; others prefer a hint of sweetness. But it was for the judge to decide at the Akron Art Museum’s first annual Chili Cook-Off on Tuesday, November 9, held in the museum’s lobby. Eight staff members entered their favorite chili recipes and went head to head in a blind contest judged by Board of Trustee member, Rory O’Neil.  Every chili varied in flavor and presentation – from turkey and pumpkin to spicy vegetarian – but none lacked in mouthwatering flavor.  The chili was judged and awarded prizes for Most Traditional, Most Creative, and Hottest.

Those who attended paid a $5 admission fee, which allowed for unlimited bowls of chili, cornbreads, and desserts.  All of the proceeds were donated to United Way of Summit County.

The most heartfelt thanks are offered to all of the contestants who competed in the battle of the chili, as well as everyone who attended and contributed to United Way. Congratulations to all of our winners… Who will step up to the challenge next year??