Derby by Design takes over Boyd Plaza on May 1
Columbia Museum of Art affinity group the Columbia Design League (CDL) hosts its first in-person event since the beginning of the pandemic, Derby by Design at Plaza Downs, on Saturday, May 1, from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m., highlighting the design and history of the famous Kentucky Derby.
The event will feature a hat and bow tie contest, scavenger hunt, silent auction, and a live viewing of the derby, also known as the “Run for the Roses.” Catering is provided by Aberdeen Catery of Camden, a historic equestrian town, and bartending is provided by Grey Horse Trailer Company, a new vintage horse trailer bartending service.
“Now that we’re heading into a beautiful Columbia spring and we’re able to gather outdoors, we are excited to welcome the season with this much-anticipated event,” says Meredith Ross, Columbia Design League president. “We are looking forward to the races and welcoming people to the museum.”
Guests are encouraged to wear their best derby inspired outfits for a chance to win a special prize. The scavenger hunt takes guests on an adventure through the museum’s latest exhibitions.
On sale now, tickets are $85 / $75 for CDL members and include museum admission. Advance registration required as space is limited to ensure physical distancing. Face coverings are required when not eating or drinking and while inside the museum.
For more information, visit columbiamuseum.org.
About the CDL
The Columbia Design League is an affinity group of the Columbia Museum of Art, one of two in the country who share a belief that design matters in every area of modern life. Our annual seasons abound with lectures and discussions led by architects, designers, artists, and other luminaries. The CDL collaborates with academic, civic, and professional organizations to bring appealing and insightful design programs and events to the region.
About the CMA
The Columbia Museum of Art is a charitable nonprofit organization dedicated to lifelong learning and community enrichment for all. Located in the heart of downtown Columbia, S.C., the CMA ranks among the leading art institutions in the country and is distinguished by its innovative exhibitions and creative educational programs. At the heart of the CMA and its programs is its collection, which encompasses 7,000 works and spans 5,000 years of art history. Established in 1950, the CMA now welcomes more than 150,000 visitors annually and is a catalyst for community creativity and education, engaging people of all ages and backgrounds. It is the recipient of a National Medal from the Institute of Museum and Library Services, a National Art Education Association award for its contributions to arts education, a National Park Foundation Award, and two Governor’s Awards for the Arts for outstanding contributions to the arts in South Carolina. In order to serve even more audiences, the CMA underwent a transformation. Funded by a successful capital campaign, the two-year renovation project garnered new collection galleries with a progressive thematic layout, new studios for artmaking, cutting-edge program and event spaces, and an entrance on Main Street. Overall, more than 15,000 square feet of functional space were added to the building’s existing footprint. To learn more, visit columbiamuseum.org.
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