Athenaeum is an Arts & Sciences showcase event sponsored by the Barony of Madrone. The event was Screenshot of top center of Athenaeum websiteheld in-person in 2018 and 2019. Athenaeum became a virtual event in 2020 via the Road to Athenaeum website. The website was renamed in Spring of 2021 and is now called Athenaeum.

The second virtual Athenaeum will take place again June 26 – 27, 2021. To go to the Athenaeum website, click here.

The manner of exhibit will be much like the 2020 online Athenaeum event. Each person who desires to exhibit applies in advance and receives access to a post page on the Athenaeum website. Exhibitors fill out their page with text, images, and links to video. Registration for exhibitors opened March 15 for 75 exhibitors to register. There will be a waiting list, if necessary.

This year there are some exciting new expansions to the programming.  The virtual interactions with exhibitors and the salons and social time will take place on two days. Also new this year: Laurels are invited and welcome to exhibit, too!

The online event takes place via Zoom on June 26 and 27, from 9 AM to 5 PM. members of the Laurel’s Council and others will have a way to schedule a one-on-one meeting with an exhibitor and discuss their work in their exhibit. There will be Salons and social “rooms,” as well.

An auditorium with people in garb displaying arts and crafts
Athenaeum held in a huge hall in 2019 Photo: Rowenna de Manning

In 2018 and 2019, Their Excellencies of Madrone (King County, WA) in partnership with the Laurels of An Tir invited artisans of all skill levels to journey to Athenaeum, sponsored by the Barony of Madrone, to showcase their  artistic skills to all the Realm! The populace was welcomed to be inspired and awed by the largest collection of artisans in An Tir!

Athenaeum is a non-competitive Body of Work event, and it is designed to be your chance to display the breadth of your artistic abilities and receive valuable feedback and commentary from the Laurels of An Tir and other artisans in a relaxed, collaborative, and engaging environment.