Maxitivity will host a live-action role-playing mystery adventure and an art auction on New Year’s Eve at Philomath Museum. (Illustration by Brad Fuqua/Philomath News)

Maxtivity, the Philomath-based nonprofit arts and crafts creative space, is working toward bringing in the new year on a high note by hosting a fundraiser at Philomath Museum that features a live-action role-playing mystery adventure and an art auction.

Staged in conjunction with Conundrum House, the event entitled “Hayter Art Caper” begins on New Year’s Eve at 8 p.m. and will culminate with a unique midnight countdown.

Louise-Annette Burgess, Maxtivity executive director, said the goal is to raise $10,000 to help pay for equitable access scholarships, educational outreach programs and community projects.

“These much-needed funds will help Maxtivity focus on under-served populations and communities so that everyone can engage in creative discoveries in Benton and Linn Counties and outlying rural communities,” Burgess said.

Tickets, available for purchase online, are $99 per person or $149 for a pair of tickets. A group of 10 can go in together on tickets for $800. A ticket includes a role in the mystery, “heavy” hors d’oeuvres, dessert and two drinks. The doors open at 7:30 p.m. with the gala and game beginning at 8 p.m.

After purchasing tickets, participants will receive an email from Conundrum House with instructions and an invitation to book a time to speak with one of the creators about which character to play.

“Come prepared to put on your thinking cap because during this event you will be an active participant trying to figure out who stole a famous piece of art,” Maxtivity organizers announced. “The game is played with real actors and includes a live art auction.”

Anyone can participate in Maxtivity’s online auction, which opens Dec. 17 and closes Dec. 31.

The evening’s conclusion features a piece of chain reaction art that counts down to the new year.

Family daytime event

Maxtivity will host a ball drop and chain reaction art event at noon on New Year’s Eve at the Philomath Museum. The activity will also feature a piñata filled with fun things, including art projects — best for ages 3 to 12.

Tickets, available at the event, are $5 for ages 13 and above and free for 12 and under.

Maxtivity, founded in 2018, provides inclusive access to creative opportunities through its arts and crafts community space. The organization provides educational outreach through its artist-in-residence program and community projects. Maxtivity also focuses on underserved schools and community centers so all youth and adults can engage in creative discoveries in Benton County and outlying communities.

For those with questions, call Maxtivity at 541-714-3443.