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Founders' Day Weekend

Founders' Day Weekend

Community Day at SMU

Saturday, April 12, 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.

Meadows Museum: “A Day at the Beach with Sorolla!”

Meadows Museum
Community Day

Admission and parking for Community Day at SMU is free and open to the public.

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Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Museum open until 5 p.m.

Multisensory Scavenger Hunt – Sorolla and America Exhibition, 2nd Floor Galleries

Use your senses to discover details in Sorolla’s paintings and imagine yourself as part of them.

Plein-air painting – Sculpture Plaza

Feel the warmth of the sun, the cool shade of a tree or a gentle breeze while you paint outside.

Seaside collages – Jones Great Hall

Create your own seascape using textured papers to capture the feeling of a sandy beach and cool coastal waters.

Artist demonstration – Bob Smith Auditorium

Learn how John Bramblitt creates paintings using his sense of touch (10:30 a.m., 11:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.).

Castanets demonstration

Enjoy traditional dance and music from Andalusia.

Photo booth – Founders Room

Picture yourself in a painting, and take home a free souvenir.

Performances by SMU Meadows School of the Arts students


George W. Bush Presidential Library and Museum

Activities 10 a.m. – 2 p.m.
Library and Museum open until 5 p.m.

Spring crafts – Classroom

Create spring flowers or fans and color scenes from past White House Easter Egg Rolls.

Barney Cam and story time – Classroom

See Barney and Miss Beazley’s Spring Garden Tour and hear stories read aloud (10 a.m., 11 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.).

“Know the Situation” – Situation Room

Learn about the history of the Situation Room as you sit in the Library’s reconstruction (every half hour, 10 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.).

The Art of Leadership: A President’s Personal Diplomacy (ticket required)

Explore the relationships that President George W. Bush forged with world leaders to shape international policy and advance American interests abroad. Get tickets.

Musical performances – Freedom Hall and Freedom Plaza

Experience the music of spring as you listen to the Mark McKenzie Quartet perform in Freedom Plaza (10:30 a.m., 12:30 p.m.) and the Barbara Bush Middle School Symphonic Orchestra perform in Freedom Hall (11:30 a.m., 1:30 p.m.).

George W. Bush Presidential Center Native Texas Park

Activities 10 a.m – 2 p.m.

Texas Landscape Bingo

Search through the park for native Texas plants on your bingo card. Turn your card in for a prize!

Walking tour

Follow the winding path and learn about native plants.

Wildflower planting

Plant Texas wildflower seeds in your very own eco-tainer to take home.

Meet Peruna

Meet SMU’s mascot, Peruna (10 a.m. – 1 p.m.). Peruna the horse will join in the fun (noon – 2 p.m.).

Musical performances – Hall of State Terrace

Performances by SMU’s students and faculty: Belle Tones (11 a.m.), Southern Gentlemen (noon), and guitarist Marquelle Power with the SMU World Music Ensemble (1 p.m.).

Barefoot on the Boulevard: SMU student celebration of Earth Day

Noon – 5 p.m., south of the flagpole, near Bishop Boulevard turnaround

Table activities hosted by SMU Environmental Society, Engineers Without Borders, SMU Sustainability Committee and Recycle Revolution.

  • Noon – 1 p.m. Performances by spoken word artists and SMU student dancers
  • 1 – 2 p.m. Southern Gentlemen – music
  • 2 – 3 p.m. The Happy Alright – music
  • 3 – 5 p.m. Performances by spoken word artists and SMU student dancers