The Pacific Island Ethnic Art Museum (PieAM) in Long Beach will celebrate their Grand Opening on October 15-17, 2010.
In an effort to preserve and revive the lost arts of the Pacific Island people, PieAM incorporates to “diverse cultures of the Pacific Islands into a permanent collection, educational programs, rotating exhibits, and living arts,” spanning the Pacific Island regions: Melanesia, Micronesia, and Polynesia.
The museum grew from the private collection of the late Dr. Robert Gumbiner and the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia. Dr. Gumbiner, founder of the nonprofit Family Health Program, worked Guam during the early 1970s. From there he explored more of Micronesia and became intrigued by the island of Yap. In 1994, he founded the Ethnic Art Institute of Micronesia with the hopes of preserving and reviving the lost arts of Micronesia. His personal collection of Pacific Island ethnic art was donated to PieAM with his passing.
PieAM’s exhibits include sculptures, textiles, paintings, wooden tools, jewelry, and carvings from diverse cultures across the Pacific, including the Austronesian, Carolinian, Chamorro, Fijian, Hawaiian, the I-Kiribati, Maori, Marshallese, Melanesian, Micronesian, Nauruan, the Ni-Vanuatu, Niuean, Palauan, Papuan, Polynesian, Samoans, Tongan, Tuvauluan, and other distinct nationalities.
If you’d like to attend the Grand Opening Celebration, here is the schedule:
Friday, October 15, 2010 @ 6:00 pm to 10:00 pm
Community blessing, performances at PieAM & MOLAA, and a silent auction
Members are Free! or $20 donation at the door – Donation goes towards PIEAM educational programming
Saturday, October 16, 2010 @ 10:00 am to 5:00 pm
PieAM & MOLAA Museum tours, performances, cultural demonstrations and vendors
Sunday, October 17, 2010 @ 11:00 am to 5:00 pm
PieAM & MOLAA performances and cultural demonstrations