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Lights, Camera, Action

Free First Saturday

Part of Designing Play, Girls in the Director’s Chair

Gallery admission is free for everyone on the first Saturday of each month. Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

The moving image takes center stage—and so do young filmmakers at this celebration of Girls in the Director’s Chair.

Story Time: Doña Flor: A Tall Tale About a Giant Woman with a Great Big Heart by Pat Mora

10:30 am
Lecture Room
Find out how Doña Flor saves her village from a deceptively ferocious beast.

Film: Jack and the Beanstalk by Lotte Reiniger

10 am–3 pm
U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge
In this distinctive and beautiful silhouette animation, set against a vividly colored backdrop, Lotte Reiniger retells the classic children’s fable Jack and the Beanstalk. 1955, DVD, 10 minutes.

Art Activity: Film Wheel

10 am–3 pm
Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab
Learn basic animation by making your own phenakistoscope, a device that creates a low-tech moving picture. Led by the Walker Art Center Teen Arts Council (WACTAC).

Gallery Activity: 6th Light by Paul Chan

11 am–1 pm
Gallery 3
Explore light and shadow at 6th Light by artist Paul Chan. Using flashlights and black and white paper, a tour guide will show you how to cast your own creations onto the floor.

Film: Girls in the Director’s Chair

11 am, 1:30 pm, and 3 pm
The 2010 Girls in the Director’s Chair Showcase features 22 films made by over 30 young women filmmakers under age 18. Entirely youth driven, the screening was curated and organized by six teenage filmmakers from video organizations and schools throughout the Twin Cities. The film fest will travel to Saint Paul’s Minnesota History Center on Saturday, March 20, 3 pm.


Free First Saturday is sponsored by

Program support

As part of the Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Initiative, additional support is made possible by a grant from the U.S. Institute of Museum and Library Services.

Walker Teen Programs sponsored by

Walker Teen Programs are also supported by the Surdna Foundation.