Walker Art Center

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Indie-pendence Day

Free First Saturday

Part of Walker Open Field

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.

Join us for a musical extravaganza! Gustafer Yellowgold’s performance comes packed with animation, storytelling, and live music. Then journey through the evolution of Hip Hop movement and dance—from its roots in ancient African cultures to modern day manifestations—presented by Jamal Denman (aka DJ Mal).

Performance: Gustafer Yellowgold

11 am and 1 pm
Enjoy this imaginative performance packed with animation, storytelling, and live music.

Artist Demonstration

10 am–3 pm
Open Field
Head to the field to watch as local guest artists create their own graffiti-inspired mural.

Art-Making for the Entire Family: Public Art

10 am–3 pm
Open Field
Design your own street poster and add it to the collective mural.

Workshop: Beat Generation

10:30 am
Jackie Ferrara’s Belvedere
Test your own skills in scratching, mixing, rapping, and beat production and listen as DJ Nex and DJ Mal discuss the evolution of Hip Hop culture and the essential role of the DJ.

Workshop: Human Beatbox

12:30 pm
James Turrell’s Sky Pesher
Head to Sky Pesher to listen as DelRae “D-Ray” Coleman talks about the history of beatboxing, its rise in popularity, and what inspired him to study the art of human percussion.

Workshop: Dance Dance Evolution

1:30 pm
Vineland Plaza
Join dancer extraordinaire and Voice of Culture Drum and Dance director Kenna-Camara Cottman and company as they take you on a journey of dance. Learn about various dances that played a pivotal role in the evolution of Hip Hop culture.

Performance: The Genesis: A Journey Through the Evolution of Hip Hop Culture

2:30 pm
Combining all the elements of the day, this performance is a journey through the evolution of Hip Hop movement/dance—from its roots in ancient African cultures to the modern day manifestations made popular by today’s inner city American youth.

Gallery Tour

2 pm
Galleries 1, 2, 3
Guided Tour, ASL interpreted; all are welcome.

Open Field Tool Shed

10 am–5 pm
Vineland Plaza
The Tool Shed is stocked with supplies for entertaining the kids (or the young at heart), chilling out with friends, sparking creativity, or simple, unadulterated relaxation. Find yourself a game to play, a portable radio, art supplies, and more. Everything is free for checkout.

WAC Garden Packs

10 am–2 pm
Vineland Plaza
Choose your own garden adventure with a self-guided activity kit. Available for free check-out with a photo ID.


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