Arts Alive Student Group Tour - Where History & Creativity Collide

Wednesday, March 18, 2020 9:30 AM - 4:30 PM

This event will also occur March 19, 2020.










The Moravians, who founded Salem in 1766, were widely known for their music as well as their trades and crafts: pottery, cabinetry, guns, silver and tin wares and textiles. Music and the arts were interwoven into the daily life of Salem through work, worship, and education. On high-volume days there is a short 15 minute, interpreter-led welcome, which includes a quick organ concert on the rare c. 1800 Tannenberg Organ, an overview of material culture at the Museum of Early Southern Decorative Arts, and the social history of African-Americans at St. Philips Heritage Center. After the welcome, your options are wide open to choose. There are over 25 interpreted sites, and 100 acres of landscape to experience with a special emphasis on arts-related hands-on experiences. 

Program Details::

  • Available (9:30 a.m.–4:30 p.m.) on March 18 and 19, 2020
  • Tours begin at the Visitors Center.
  • Tour takes approximately 3+ hours.
  • Come when you can, leave when you must.
  • Possible experiences that you might have:
    • Try your hand at making a Theorem painting using a stencil.
    • Learn how the Moravians made a beautiful decorative paper, called paste paper.
    • Learn about the legacy of sacred music and its importance to the Moravians.
    • See the Moravian influence in pottery designs in both utilitarian wares and decorative pieces.
    • Learn about African masks and jewelry; make your own personal adornment.
    • Explore the art of making an American Longrifle.
    • Find out how vegetable garden in the 18th century is both a visual work of art as well as a necessary part of life by exploring the gardens at the Miksch House.
    • See pictures in cookies by observing gingerbread cookie molds being carved, and view one of the original molds carved by Brother Vogler.
    • And many more activities and demonstrations.
  • Price: $18 per student.  One (1) complimentary adult per 12 students. Additional adults are $23 if booked and paid in full with the school reservation (required)  no later than 30 days prior to tour.

Contact Group Tours at 1-800-441-5305, or [email protected] for additional details. Please refer to our Access Salem Initiative for information regarding visiting as a caretaker or a student with a disability.