Amazeum to host annual ‘UnGala’ event May 6


Possibly the least-stuffy fundraising event in NWA is coming back for another year this weekend.

Of course, we’re talking about the “UnGala,” the annual fundraiser for the Scott Family Amazeum, set for 6 p.m. Friday, May 6.

The event, intended for adults over 21, will include a host of fun, interactive exhibits this year including a new experience called POP! by Canadian Multidisciplinary Experiential Studio Gentilhomme.

From the description of the exhibit:

POP! consists of five colorful monoliths encasing unique creatures. Calling, talking, and singing to them entices POPO, POPUP, POPLI, POPETTE and POPOTIN to leave the monoliths and put on a show. Gathering a group to activate the creatures together “celebrates light, music, motion and popular culture,” according to POP! Creative Directors Thibaut Deverneix and Mathieu Leger. “We hope POP! will be a catalyst for energizing groups that inspires people to talk and collaborate. It’s like a big party where people get together to sing, dance and laugh.”

In addition, there will be a food truck buffet featuring fare from several local food trucks, specialty cocktails, and other experiences, officials said.

“We believe play is something that unites and connects communities of all ages,” says Amazeum Executive Director Sam Dean. “When we’re looking for large-scale, interactive experiences to share with our community, we look for those that show how integrating science, technology, art, collaboration, creativity and curiosity make something uniquely wonderful. Playfully exploring these installations may spark and rekindle the creativity in someone to make something they’ve been thinking about.”

Tickets to the UnGala are $125. Proceeds from the event benefit the Amazeum.

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