The Walker celebrates Black History Month with film screenings, art-making, dance in the galleries, and storytelling. Explore works of art by contemporary African-American artists and create movement inspired by what you see. This program is cosponsored by the Givens Foundation for African American Literature, a local organization with a national mission of celebrating African-American literature and writers. All activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis.
PERFORMANCE: STORIES OLD AND NEW
Join local actress-children's book author Isabell Monk as she tells her heartwarming children's story, Hope, about a young biracial girl who spends a weekend with her great-aunt and learns about her rich heritage. This reading is accompanied by some of the original paintings that illustrate the book, followed by some traditional storytelling with a twist. Auditorium.
12 NOON AND 2 PM
FILMS: PASS IT ON
This selection of films celebrates the art of storytelling as passed down through generations, including Mufaro's Beautiful Daughters, written and illustrated by John Steptoe. Program length 30 minutes. Lecture Room.
12 NOON-4 PM
ART-MAKING FOR THE WHOLE FAMILY: EVERY PICTURE TELLS A STORY
Use light-sensitive paper, found objects, paper cutouts, and symbols to create a family crest with local artist Del Bey. Incorporate a story about what your family crest means to you. Art Lab.
1 AND 3 PM
FAMILY TOURS: DANCE TOUR
Twin Cities-based artist Derek Phillips conducts a brief tour of the exhibition Art in Our Time: 1950 to the Present, then leads participants in movement activities that interpret selected works of art. Meet in the lobby.
HEAR ALL ABOUT IT
Learn about works of art by African-American artists in the Walker's permanent collection on this tour of the galleries and the Print Study Room with Jacqueline Copeland, Associate Director of School and Tour Programs at the Walker. Meet in the lobby.
For more information, call 612.375.7622 (TDD: 612.375.7585).
FREE FIRST SATURDAYS ARE MADE POSSIBLE BY COLDWELL BANKER BURNET.
SATURDAY FAMILY PROGRAMMING IS MADE POSSIBLE BY TARGET STORES, DAYTON'S, AND THE JAY AND ROSE PHILLIPS FAMILY FOUNDATION. FEBRUARY'S FREE FIRST SATURDAY PROGRAM IS ALSO MADE POSSIBLE BY SUPPORT FROM THE PEW CHARITABLE TRUSTS.