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Press Releases The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids Programs in March and April Feature the Free First Saturday Events Foreign Flix and Flashback and Art Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Minneapolis, February 21, 2012—The Walker Art Center’s Raising Creative Kids programs in March and April include the Free First Saturday Family Events Foreign Flix (Saturday, March 3, 10 am – 3 pm), featuring the area premiere of the animated film Oblivion Island, and Flashback (Saturday April 7, 10 am – 3 pm) with special guests Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe. Also in March and April, 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 March and April 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.

March Free First Saturday: Foreign Flix

Saturday, March 3, 10 am – 3 pm

Come for a daylong mini-festival of short movies about people who feel different—and live happily ever after anyway, plus a Midwest exclusive screening of the feature-length Japanese animated film Oblivion Island, dubbed “Toy Story meets Alice in Wonderland.”

Short Films: 11 am and 1 pm

Walker Cinema

Elephants Sally Pearce, United Kingdom, 2008 To catch the grey elephants hiding in her grey house, a curious girl paints the walls and discovers a colorful new world of friends.

Orange O Despair, John Banana, France, 2011 Tired of watching the pineapples have all the fun, a young orange escapes to the other side of the shop where its clever disguise causes an unexpected adventure.

Tah Dah, Stacey Chomiak, Canada, 2009 The notes from Farmer Henry’s cello just plop to the floor until Bentley Bug alights on the strings and the duo discovers how to make the music soar.

Zero, Nazanin Sobhan Sarbandi, Iran, 2011 Haunted by his bad grades, an outcast boy discovers how to transform his desolate nightmares into fun-filled reality.

Featured Screening: Oblivion Island

Walker Cinema, 3 pm

Shinsuke Sato, Japan, 2009

Alice in Wonderland meets Toy Story in the regional premiere for this animated Japanese film. Haruka’s search for a lost hand mirror from her mother leads her into the magical world of forgotten possessions. Through a forbidden friendship with Teo, Harurka must enter a fortress of thieves, battle an evil Baron, and learn to face the past she has tried too hard to forget. This film is recommended for ages 8 and up.

April Free First Saturday: Flashback

Saturday April 7, 10 am – 3 pm

Walker Art Center

Join in an exciting day of art-making, films, performances, and tours that plays with the memories of young and old. Special guests Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe will share their new book, Big Little Brother, with audiences at 11 am and 1 pm.

Performance: Big Little Brother: Kevin Kling and Chris Monroe

Walker Cinema, 11 am and I pm

Author Kevin Kling narrates his recent children’s book, co-authored by painter and cartoonist Chris Monroe, Big Little Brother. Monroe shares the book’s illustrations in this fun story-telling event. This charming first children’s book by celebrated storyteller Kevin Kling, with whimsical drawings by Chris Monroe, traces a familiar arc from sibling rivalry to brotherly love.

Being an older brother has its benefits, of that there’s little doubt. But how would you feel if your little brother grew to be bigger than you? And what if he insisted on touching all your things and following you everywhere you went? It’s enough to frustrate the most even-keeled of kids.

The narrator of Big Little Brother wants nothing more than to escape his brother’s sticky fingers. Then an encounter at the Old Woman in the Shoe Play area involving a bully, a plastic turkey, and his big, little brother teaches him that a pesky younger sibling can actually be a pal.

Kling, best known for his popular commentaries on National Public Radio’s All Things Considered and his storytelling stage shows like Tales from the Charred Underbelly of the Yule Log, delivers hilarious, often tender stories. Kling’s autobiographical tales are as enchanting as they are true to life: hopping freight trains, getting hit by lightning, performing his banned play in Czechoslovakia, growing up in Minnesota, and eating things before knowing what they are.

Kling describes his zodiac sign as “Minnesota with Iowa rising…” He grew up in Osseo, a Minneapolis suburb, and graduated from Gustavus Adolphus College in 1979 with a Bachelor of Arts degree in theater. His storytelling started when a friend from the now defunct Brass Tacks Theatre asked him to perform his stories. Since then, he has been awarded numerous arts grants and fellowships. The National Endowment for the Arts, The McKnight Foundation, The Minnesota State Arts Board, The Bush Foundation, The Jerome Foundation and others have recognized Kling’s artistry.

Kling continues to write plays and stories in a rigorous fashion, and travels around the globe to numerous storytelling festivals, residencies, and has been invited to perform the acclaimed National Storytelling Festival in Jonesborough, TN for several years. Kevin has released a number of compact disc collections of his stories, has published three books, The Dog Says How, Holiday Inn and Big Little Brother.

Chris Monroe’s humor and intricate illustrations draw high praise from reviewers and audiences alike. Monroe is also the author and illustrator of Totally Uncool and the long-running comic strip Violet Days. She lives in Duluth, Minnesota.

Fill the Gap

Gallery 8, 10 am – 3 pm

Remember when you lost your first tooth? Pretend you are looking at the tooth fairy’s collection of front teeth, cuspids, and molars from around the world. Select a tooth to recall a memory from childhood and make a larger than life-sized sculpture in clay.

Felted Garden

Art Lab, 10 am – 3 pm

Artists from the Textile Center will teach how to make wool felt, one of the most ancient forms of fabric. In this collaborative fiber art project you will transform soft wool fibers into thick felt using just soapy water and your two hands. Make a leaf, a flower, a bug or rocks from wool fibers and add it to a large collaborative garden.

Arty Pants: Your Tuesday Playdate

Tuesdays, March 13 and 27; April 10 and 24, 11 am–1 pm

For kids ages 3–5 and adults 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.

Small Huge Big Little

Play with size, from the tiny to the gigantic! Get inspired by gallery activities in the Lifelike exhibition, and then get started on your own art projects that investigate the scale of people, places, and things.

Art Activities

Star Tribune Foundation Art Lab, 11 am- 3 pm

Explore giant lands, exaggerate appendages, create tiny tasty villages, and more in this series of activities.

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.

Shinsuke Sato, Oblivion Island, 2009

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