November 16, 2014

FREE Family Festival Day

1:00–5:30 p.m.

Family Festival Day
Sunday, November 16
5:30 p.m.

Imagine!  Create!  Discover!
Get creative on a FREE Family Festival day overflowing with art, music, and fun!
Explore the intersection of art, dance, and music in a day of discovery and imagination, filled with art activities, live performances, and exciting programs. Activities and performances are themed around our current exhibitions: Kandinsky: A Retrospective, Sanctity Pictured: The Art of the Dominican and Franciscan Orders in Renaissance Italy, and Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible.

Family Festival Day programs are offered on a first-come, first-served basis and are appropriate for all ages.




Make it Move Workshop with New Dialect Dance Collective
2:00 and 4:00 p.m.
Turner Courtyard
Work with contemporary dancers to translate Wassily Kandinsky paintings into dance movements.

Blue-Yellow-Red pop-up installation
1:00–5:00 p.m.
Rechter Room (Main Level)
Explore artist Robbie Hunsinger’s experimental media installation and use color, light, and sound to reimagine the work of Wassily Kandinsky. 


Schola Pacis: “Medieval Monastic Music”
1:45 and 3:00 p.m.
Upper-Level Galleries (Upper Level)
Investigate how monks used medieval manuscripts including graduals and antiphonals to create beautiful music during this in-gallery performance by the male a capella group Schola Pacis. 

New Dialect Dance Collective: “Turns to Blue”
3:15 and 5:00 p.m.
Auditorium (Main Level)
Watch a contemporary dance performance inspired by Wassily Kandinsky’s favorite color.

Artful Tales: “Saint Francis and the Animals”
1:15, 2:15, and 3:45 p.m.
Auditorium (Main Level)
Listen and play along to a funny, endearing, and moving tale about a good man who threw away his fancy clothes to live a simple life helping the misfortunate and befriending animals. This program complements the exhibition Sanctity Pictured.


Rhythmic Ribbons
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Turner Courtyard
Make your ribbons fly! Create a ribbon bracelet out of tulle, ribbons, and colored pipe cleaners. Afterwards, use your bracelet to enjoy dancing in the courtyard.

Big Box Blocks Community Mural
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Turner Courtyard
Use your imagination and work with friends to construct a mural using hand-painted blocks created as part of a Kandinsky-inspired community art project. Visit the mural throughout the day to see the artwork change and grow.

Illuminated Sketchbook
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Studio A (Upper Level)
Be inspired by the illuminated manuscripts in the exhibition Sanctity Pictured, and use metallic drawing tools, stick on jewels, and more to decorate the cover of your own special sketchbook. 

Through Kandinsky’s Eyes
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Studio B (Upper Level)
What would it be like to see the world in a different color? Design your own “Kandinsky glasses” using colored acetate and a paper mask.

Columns of Light
1:00–5:30 p.m.
Studio C (Upper Level)
Explore how color and light combine to create dazzling artworks. Inspired by Helen Pashgian: Light Invisible, use special paper and a smart phone to create a luminous sculptural column.

Martin ArtQuest® Gallery
1:00–5:30 p.m. (Upper Level)
Visit the Martin ArtQuest Gallery to experiment with a variety of exciting hands-on art activities ranging from figure drawing to printmaking. Create a musically inspired watercolor painting, design an illuminated manuscript-inspired bookmark, and enjoy additional art-making activities with your family.



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