Geography is one of several subject areas included in Arizona’s education standards for social studies. Some kids find the topic uninspiring, but hands-on experiences can help them appreciate its relevance–especially for a generation raised amidst increasing globalization of ideas and resources.
During the first weekend of August, the Musical Instrument Museum in Phoenix is presenting “Experience the Andes,” which features music, dance and art from countries in South America, site of the Andes mountain range.
It’s a fun way for families to explore the geography and cultures of South America together. But it’s also a reminder that every South American country has its own traditions, much like individual states here in the U.S.A.
“Experience the Andes” activities
Families can watch performances, see demonstrations and make crafts that explore South American cultures:
- Make your own pan pipe instrument, called a Siku, using non-traditional materials
- Watch a live performance featuring a musical style called gaita, which has roots in Venezuelan folk music
- See a demonstration of instruments important to the musical heritage of Colombia and Venezuela
- Hear traditional music played in the Andes regions of Peru, Bolivia and Argentina
- Watch a live performance of dances from various parts of the Andes, including a dance called cueca from Chile
Families can don traditional costumes and props provided by the MIM for pictures in an Andes-theme photo both, or get in a bit of face painting. Times for different activities vary, so it’s best to check the “Experience the Andes” schedule before attending.
What you need to know
- Hours: 9am-5pm Sat Aug 1 and Sun Aug 2
- Tickets: Free with general admission: $20 adults, $15 teens (ages 13-19), $10 children (ages 4-12), 3 and under free
- Location: 4725 E Mayo Blvd, Phoenix
- Contact: 480-478-6000 or mim.org