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Press Releases The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in January and February Feature Fables & Fairytales, Snow Field and Artic Adventures

Minneapolis, December 16, 2011—The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids program features cool events during cold temps for tots and their adults in January and February. Special events include Fables & Fairytales, a day of activities based on bedtime stories and storybook adventures including a performance of Hmong Tiger Tales by Mu Performing Arts (Saturday, January 7, 10 am–3 pm), and February Free First Saturday: Snow Field, a day of wintertime activities featuring sled decorating on the Walker’s sloping field. (Saturday, February 4, 10 am–3 pm). Also in January and February, the Walker presents Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, the popular program designed to nurture creativity and engage a child’s mind. Arty Pants programs are presented on the second and fourth Tuesdays of each month and feature art projects, films, gallery activities, and story readings.

A complete listing of Raising Creative Kids programs in January and February follows.

Free First Saturdays Are for Families

Activities are free and available on a first-come, first-served basis from 10 am–3 pm. Gallery admission is free from 10 am–5 pm on Free First Saturday.

Families can enjoy live performances, films, gallery adventures, and hands-on art-making from 10 am–3 pm. Activities recommended for ages 6–12.

January Free First Saturday: Fables & Fairytales

January 7, 10 am–3 pm, Free Jumble your favorite bedtime tales and storybook adventures. These workshops, performances, art-making activities, and films are designed to expand your imagination and tickle your funny bone.

Performance: Hmong Tiger Tales by Mu Performing Arts

11 am and 1 pm, Walker Cinema

Hmong Tiger Tales includes three fun short plays based on Hmong folk stories about tigers. Tiger and Crow tells the story of how the crow tricked the tiger into having fewer cubs, explaining why tigers are so rare. Mother Tigress tells the story of a tiger that raises a child who later discovers her birth family in a village. Finally, in Yer and the Tiger a young girl uses her wit and courage to escape the jaws of a clever tiger that has infiltrated her family.

Hmong Tiger Tales will last about 35 minutes, and afterwards there will be a mask workshop where kids can try on the masks, practice different poses, and get their pictures taken wearing the masks.

Film: Josué and the Cassavastalk

10 am–3 pm, U.S. Bank Orientation Lounge

When Josué trades his donkey for a “magic cassava,” he discovers that it’s not only beans which can lead to a fantastic adventure. This Brazilian version of Jack and the Beanstalk is directed by Diogo Viegas.

Art Activity: Turn a Tale

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab,10 am–3 pm

Create a fable of your own. In this activity led by Ilene Krug Mojsilov, spin a wheel to invent characters and see where the story takes them.

Theater Workshop: Telling Tales

Gallery 8, 10:30 am and 12:00 pm

Families get together to re-create and act out some favorite stories and fairy tales in this fun, interactive theater workshop with the Children’s Theatre Company. Drawing from well-known children’s books and authors such as the Brothers Grimm, Dr. Seuss, and Eric Carle, families create characters and explore ways to express themselves onstage. Participants have an opportunity to share their stories at the end of the session.

Fable Making

Cargill Lounge, 10 am–3 pm

Join guest artist Paulino Brener for an activity that lets you create, design and perform your own take on famous allegories like the Tortoise and the Hare or the Lion and the Mouse. Families will construct puppets and then act out the story in a mini puppet theater.

February Free Fist Saturday: Snow Field

Saturday, February 4, 10 am–3 pm, Free Embrace the wonders of the winter city! Bring your sleds and work with artist Andy Ducett to trick them out—or create a new one with cardboard and plastic. Put them to use on the Walker’s big hill, and head over to the Minneapolis Sculpture Garden and help artists in creating “modern-day” snowmen. Warm up with art-making activities in the Cowles Conservatory, and short films and hot chocolate inside the Walker.

The Midwest Sled Makers

Outside the Walker Decorate your old sled with custom accessories designed with personal flair for a hot rod in the snow. Fins, flames, flags and other fun awaits you in our Walker garage hosted by artists Andy Ducett and Scott Stulen.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

January 10 & 24, February 7 & 21, 2012 11 am – 1 pm Walker Art Center Free with gallery admission; Walker members and kids ages 12 and under are always free

What do hip kids and their (possibly) cooler parents do to spark creativity? Attend Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate, featuring activities for adults and youngsters ages 3–5. Join us each month on the second and fourth Tuesdays for art projects, films, gallery activities, and story time. Meet other families for a treat at the Garden Café.

Arty Pants: Arctic Adventures

Beat the winter blues by heading to the Walker for art making and film.

Film: Lost and Found

Lecture Room Based on the beloved book by Oliver Jeffers, this film is story of young boy who finds a penguin on his doorstep and sets out on an epic quest to find the foundling’s home and possibly a very dear friend.

Art Activity: Fun with Forms

Hennepin Lounge Play with peel n’ stick shapes on giant Walker windows to give new color and life to the winter landscape.

WAC Packs for the Galleries

Enhance your artistic escapade with these hands-on activity packs. Games, story-telling, and art-making will enliven artworks for the whole family.

Mu Performing Arts, Hmong Tiger Tales

Photo: Charissa Uemura